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CHAIRMAN of the National HIV/AIDS Commission, Dr. Carol
Jacobs, has been elected Chairman of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria, creating history.
She was unanimously elected at the Tenth Meeting of
the Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday, becoming the third Chair
of the Global Fund and the first woman ever to hold that position.
Dr. Jacobs, who is also Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on HIV/AIDS,
has served as the representative of Latin America and the Caribbean on
the Global Fund Board since last year and has been the Chairperson of
the National HIV/AIDS Commission since 2001.
She has also represented Barbados and the Caribbean on the Board of the
World Health Organisations (WHO) Global Programme Against AIDS and has
also been a member of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board.
Dr. Jacobs has extensive experience in the area of HIV/AIDS, which spans
some 18 years of activity in the public sector, private sector and non-governmental
During this period, she made a sterling contribution to health care in
Barbados and the Caribbean region which was recognised with the conferment
of the Barbados Centennial Honour in 2000.
The Global Funds Board is responsible for overall governance of the
organisation, including approval of grants. The term of office of the
Chair is for the period of two years.
Dr. Jacobs was accompanied to the Board meeting by the
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Senator John Williams
and the Director of the National HIV/AIDS Commission, Alies Jordan.
Comliments of the Barbados