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Counterpart Hails New Leader of AIDS Fund
Eminent Caribbean family Physician, Dr. Carol Jacobs has been selected as chair of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (April 23, 2005) – "We applaud the international community's choice of an eminent Caribbean family physician, Dr. Carol Jacobs as chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria", says head of an influential non-governmental organisation, based in Barbados.
Dr. Basil Springer, chairman of Counterpart Caribbean hailed the appointment of Dr. Jacobs as a step forward in recognising "the professional competence of Caribbean nationals, and especially our women who are increasingly accepting and successfully executing decision-making roles across the Caribbean and the world".

Dr. Carol Jacobs, a national of both Jamaica and Barbados, will receive support from the new Vice-Chair Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, M.D., France's Ambassador on HIV/AIDS and Transmissible Diseases.
She takes over the role of Chair from former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, while Prof. Kazatchkine succeeds Dr Hélène Rossert-Blavier, the General Director of the French NGO AIDES.

The election took place at the Global Fund's 10th Board meeting in Geneva.

Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, with nine years' work experience in government service in Barbados (at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital), before going into family practice in the private sector. She has served as Chairman of the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission since 2001, spearheading an expanded national response to HIV/AIDS.

She joined the Board of the Global Fund as the Board representative for the Latin America and Caribbean Region in January 2004.

The Global Fund, a unique global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, elects a Board Chair and a Vice-Chair for two-year terms.

"Dr. Jacobs' appointment is brilliant and right on time," declared Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International which has featured the Caribbean doctor in its Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) to spread the urgency of the issue in the region. "She knows the problem from the view of individuals and their communities as well as recognizes the need to fight the disease on several fronts and regions at the same time," added LeLaulu.

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