On his first day as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr. Mark Dybul in the Huffington Post called on all sectors to “redouble our efforts” to secure funding to fight those three disease.
In an op-ed entitled, “The Big Push to Defeat AIDS, TB & Malaria,” Dybul said we need to take advantage of scientific advances to control those infectious diseases and, “We need to make a big push to secure the funding we need.”
The “big push” should include six steps, Dybul said, including focusing on impact, being accountable and transparent, working together in partnerships and combining every evidence approach that works. For AIDS, for example, this ranges from condoms to medical male circumcision from behavior change to HIV medicine for both treatment and prevention.
“We have a historic opportunity to get these infectious diseases under control, which will change the fortunes of millions of lives and improve the development of many entire countries,” Dybul wrote.
Also, today at a global health conference in Oslo, Dybul said that concentrated action will achieve significantly greater impact on infectious diseases. At the conference, “Accelerating Progress: Saving Women’s and Children’s Lives in the Coming Decades,” Dybul said, “By focusing high-impact interventions where new infections are occurring, countries will get the biggest bang for their buck. We can support them to control major killers, preventing many millions of new infections, and saving millions of lives.”
Read more on Dybul’s remarks from Oslo conference
Read press release on Dybul’s start as Global Fund Executive Director