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Learning from the past, preparing for the future: Celebration of the 15th anniversary of Friends of the Global Fund Europe

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Over the past 20 years, the Global Fund has changed the global health landscape by successfully controlling HIV, TB and malaria, the most devastating epidemics of the developing world. Since 2020, the Covid-19 epidemic has reshuffled the deck and shown health and economic vulnerability and inequity of the global community. It brought new – but not so new - global health issues to the forefront and among them the global pandemic preparedness and response and its financing, rethinking the global health architecture, the flow of international aid, the articulation of health research and development to delivery and programming, and strengthening national health systems. At the same time, the Global Fund is revising its strategy for 2023–2027 and preparing its 7th replenishment to be held in the second half of 2022. This replenishment should be highly impacted by financing Covid-19 response and what will be decided collectively to better prevent and respond to pandemics. This event will be the opportunity to reflect on lessons learned from the fight against HIV, TB and malaria to better prepare for future pandemics and health threats, and on how international organisations for health might evolve in this context.



  • Laurent Vigier, Chair of the Board, Friends of the Global Fund Europe
  • Marie-Laure Salles, Director, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Former German Minister for International Economic Cooperation and Development; Vice-Chair of the Board, Friends of the Global Fund Europe
  • Timur Abdullaev, Human Rights Consultant, Member of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board
  • Christoph Benn, Director for Global Health Diplomacy, Joep Lange Institute; Former Director of External Relations, The Global Fund
  • Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director of Programme, UNAIDS
  • Suerie Moon, Co-Director, Global Health Centre; Professor of Practice, Graduate Institute
  • Stephen Rothwell O’Brien, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
  • Michel Kazatchkine, Former Executive Director, The Global Fund; Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre
  • Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
  • Mark Dybul, Faculty Co-Director, Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, Georgetown University Medical School; Former Executive Director, The Global Fund
  • Sarah Hawkes, Director, Centre for Gender and Global Health; Professor of Global Public Health, University College London
  • Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, LSHTM; Director of Research Policy, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • Precious Matsoso, Honorary Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Stefano Vella, Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Catholic University of Rome; Vice-Chair of the Board, Friends of the Global Fund Europe
  • Erika Castellanos, Director of programmes, GATE; Member of the Communities delegation of the Global Fund Board

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