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The Fund to Fight AIDS

NGOs and Civil Society  



To fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis an intense mobilization of civil society is needed. Full support and recognition from governments and the international community are critical to integrating NGO expertise in the process of building the Fund in the most effective way. The input of all partners is needed to create a more powerful response, implement it quickly, and evaluate its efficiency. Learning from the diversity of the NGO experience is part of the challenge for success.

NGOs represented on the Board

The following candidates have been selected as NGO representatives on the Board of the Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria:

NGO Representative from Developing Countries
Milly Katana is currently the Lobbying and Advocacy Officer for Health Rights Action Group in Uganda. Milly has worked with various UN agencies such as the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV AIDS (UNAIDS). She has recently concluded an assignment on Strengthening Programs for People Living with HIV AIDS in Botswana, working with the Government of Botswana and the World Health Organization. Milly is a woman living with HIV AIDS. She has extensive experience with various national and international networks, including the African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO), the Society of Women Against AIDS in Africa (SWAA) and the Network of African People Living with HIV AIDS (NAP+) and the Global Network of People Living With HIV AIDS (GNP+). Milly has a keen interest in issues affecting women with HIV and families affected.

NGO Representative from Developed Countries
Christoph Benn is the Head of the Department for Health Policy and Studies with the German Institute for Medical Mission. As a medical doctor in tropical medicine and public health he has experience in the treatment and prevention of AIDS, TB and malaria. Since 1992, he has spent several months per year particularly in Africa and Asia to work with communities and NGOs in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health care programs. As the current secretary of the German working group on international health, he coordinates more than 50 organizations from all sectors. Christoph works with many national and international organizations including the World Council of Churches, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and is cofounder of the German network Covenant for Action Against AIDS.

Representative of PWA/Malaria/TB communities
Philippa Lawson is the International HIV AIDS Team Leader/ Senior Program Manager for the Academy for Educational Development. She has worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Philippa is a woman living with HIV AIDS and has extensive linkages to key local, national and international networks including the International Community of Women Living with HIV AIDS (ICW). Philippa has worked with numerous marginalized communities, and her emphasis over the years has always been to ensure that the needs of women and children are always considered. She has extensive experience working with advocacy and on review and technical bodies.

The Selection Committee for the Fund NGO representatives has selected Alternate NGO representatives on the Board of the The Fund to Fight AIDS (GFATM). They will be working closely with the NGO representatives on the Board.

Alternate NGO representative from developing countries:
Fidon R. Mwombeki is the General Secretary of the Northwestern Diocese Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). He lives in a community that has been severely affected by AIDS, malaria and TB and is committed to fighting all three diseases. Fidon has been involved in the fight against AIDS since 1986 when his diocese first intervened to provide support and care for orphans. He has extensive experience working at community, national and international levels. He has worked with ELCT's Primary Health Care Program, the Building Eastern Africa Community Network, the Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development, the Jubilee 2000 campaign and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

Alternate NGO representative from developed countries:
Peter Poore is a Health Adviser with extensive experience with Save the Children. As a medical doctor Peter has 28 years of experience in health care delivery and the development and management of health care systems in developing countries. He has been involved in policy work on HIV since the mid 1980s; his experience working with malaria and TB extends back to the 1970s. He has extensive international experience and has worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, The World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.

Alternate representative of PWA/Malaria/TB communities:
Charles Roy is the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), the largest AIDS service organization in Canada. Charles is a man living with HIV AIDS and has been a leader in the Canadian HIV AIDS field for the past decade, working with community, professional and academic organizations to advocate for the rights of people living with HIV AIDS. His interest in promoting the dignity and well-being of people living with HIV AIDS expands beyond non-governmental work and has also been demonstrated through his lecturing and writing.His docteral dissertation, "Living and Serving:Persons with HIV in the Canadian AIDS Movement", explores the challenges and opportunities that consumer involvement brings to a health movement.

The members of the Selection Committee were:
Alex Coutinho - TASO, former TWG member
Joseph Scheich - Aids Fonds, former TWG member
Paula Fujiwara - International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease(IUATLD), former TWG member
Richard Burzynski - ICASO, former TWG member
Linda Hartke - World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Leslie Wright - CONGO, World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS)
Bai Bagasao - UNAIDS (advisor, no vote)

NGOs represented in the TWG
  • Global Network of People Living with HIV AIDS

  • International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD)

  • International Council Of Aids Service Organizations (ICASO)

  • The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)

To facilitate dialogue with NGOs and obtain their input to the proposed Fund, the Technical Support Secretariat (TSS) is facilitating a consultation meeting with NGOs on November 12-13 in Brussels. The objective of this consultation is to gain specific NGO and civil society input, experience and views on how the new Fund should be structured and operate in order to support the scaling up of community-level responses. In addition, a series of regional consultations involving NGOs as part of country teams is planned.

To learn more about the NGO consultation process click here 80 Ko

The following documents have been prepared as background for the upcoming NGO consultation meeting. Many individuals and NGOs contributed to the content in these documents. They do not represent the view of the TWG.

To read the conclusions of the NGO consultation meeting, held in Brussels on 12-13 November, click here

To view list of participants who have attended the NGO consultation click here 245 Ko

In addition, the TWG-TSS is offering a virtual discussion forum to NGOs on the establishment of the Fund. This discussion focuses around subjects, such as governance, technical support structures, country processes, and monitoring and evaluation. This discussion is carried out by "Break-the-silence".

To learn more about the discussion forum and how to participate click here

To read a first summary about the NGO contributions to the Break The Silence discussion forum click here

To view the details of the application process for NGO position on GFATM Board click here 140 Ko