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Dr. Carol Jacobs

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 community.

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.

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