The Pangaea today congratulated Ambassador Mark Dybul on his appointment to the post of Executive Director of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  The Global Fund is the main financier of programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with funding of US$ 22.9 billion, since 2002, for more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries. To date, programs supported by the Global Fund have provided HIV treatment for 3.6 million people.

Ambassador Dybul is an outstanding leader in global health and is known, particularly, for his role in helping create and lead the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). His medical training specialized in immunology, and as well as an expert AIDS clinician, Ambassador Dybul has unrivalled experience and expertise in administrating large funding programs to strengthen health strategies, particularly in resource limited settings.

Ben Plumley, CEO of Pangaea said, “After a difficult year of uncertainty about the future of the Global Fund, Ambassador Dybul brings the passion and perseverance needed to rebuild the organization, and realize its full potential to save lives around the world. We join with other organizations and leaders in strongly supporting his appointment, and commit to working with him and his team to help achieve this goal.”

Pangaea has collaborated with the Global Fund for over a decade, and most recently, in 2011, evaluated the Fund’s Gender Equality (GE) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify (SOGI) Strategies.

Based in Oakland, California, the mission of Pangaea is to build partnerships that improve the   lives of people living with and most at-risk for HIV to ensure equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and care.