The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) congratulate Rico Gustav, GNP+ Executive Director and member of the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board, on his appointment as Chair of the Strategy Committee of the Board of the Global Fund for 2020 to 2022.
“This is a pivotal moment for all people living with HIV, as we will demonstrate direct leadership in the oversight and development of the Global Fund strategy,” said Olena Stryzhak, Interim Chair of ICW.
The Strategy Committee is one of the Global Fund’s three committees that has delegated authority from the Board to perform decision-making, advisory and oversight in their specific areas. The Strategy Committee provides oversight of the strategic direction of the Global Fund and to ensure the optimal impact and performance of its investments in health. This appointment as the Strategy Committee Chair is especially important at this time, given that the new Global Fund Strategy for 2023 – 2028 will be developed under the stewardship of the Strategy Committee.
“We talk about people centred responses, about community leadership, about strengthening health systems- and here is a leader who understands these issues and can help direct discussions and decisions with partners,” said Igor Kuchin, Chair of the Y+ Board.
“Representing the needs and concerns of people living with HIV, and people affected by TB and malaria, and our broader community, will be central to the work of the Strategy Committee. I am looking forward to ensure that we put the last mile first and improve the quality of life for all,” said Rico Gustav.
Gustav’s term will officially begin in May this year.