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National Council of Women-US Appoint Dr. King as their Representative in Washington, DC and the United Nations in Geneva

Highlights in Public-Private Partnerships at The World Health Organizations Executive Board in January 2004

ACI's New Seminars in February and March

 

Public-Private Partnerships
in Health, Policy and Management

Newsletter Vol. I , No. 2
Febrary, 2004

ACI President & CEO, Ariel Rosita King, MPH, MBA, PhD Appointed as the Representative in Washington, DC and the United Nations in Geneva for the National Council of Women

Dr. Ariel Rosita King was appointed by the National Council of Women the Representative in Washington, DC and the representative for the United Nations in Geneva. In this official capacity Dr. King will be representing members of the NCW.

The NCW was founded in 1888 by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Lucy Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, May Wright Sewell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frances Willard - all major figures in the history of women. The NCW is a "non-partisan, non-sectarian coalition of women's organizations and individual members. It serves as a far-reaching network of those who are concerned with current issues in the home, on the job, in the community, nation and world." The National Council of Women (NCW) through its member organizations serves as a forum to promote progressive ideas, influence policy decisions, and extend program potential and to serve as a united voice for women's issues.

Dr. King's first official duty is one of several NCW delegate for the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York in March 2004.

Highlights in Public-Private Partnerships at The World Health Organizations' 113th Executive Board (January 2004)

ACI Staff attended the World Health Organizations (WHO) 113th Executive Board (January 2004) in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2004. Although the Board covered many important issues, below are three of the highlights of those concerning public-private partnerships:

  • WHOs '3 by 5' Initiative
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • the Eradication of Poliomyelitis.

'3 by 5' Initiative
The WHO 3 by 5 initiative was launched on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2003 in Geneva. The '3 by 5' initiative is a bold undertaking with a goal of providing effective antiretroviral Treatment to at least 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries by the end of 2005). The Initiative not only seeks to give access to treatment but to improve the overall health of people living with HIV/AIDS.

As of December 2002, only about 300,000 of the 5 to 6 million people in developing countries who were in advanced stages of AIDS has access to antiretroviral treatment (ARV). With current resources by the end of 2005 only one million people will receive treatment. The gap between those who need treatment and those who have access to treatment with ARV drugs is addressed by the 3 by 5 initiative through public-private partnerships between WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund and The World Bank.

To implement the 3 by 5 Initiative WHO has increased its budget by US$220 million, of which 80% will go directly to the countries and regions, and will include the creation of 480 new staff positions.

The strategy of '3 by 5' is to use techniques from other public health successes that include Direct Observed Treatment (DOT) used for Multi-resistant Tuberculosis patients to ensure that delivery of the antiretroviral treatment can be a vehicle for the overall strengthening of the health systems. To meet the 3 by 5 goal, existing infrastructure and entry point for HIV care and treatment that will include mother-to-child transmission, treatment of sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis.

For more information on WHOs 3by 5: www.who.int

The Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is newly chaired by the United States Secretary of Health, Mr. Tommy Thompson. The Global Fund is a unique public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and distributing resources for prevention and treatment of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Global Fund partners with the World Health Organization to promote technical support of member States in preparing their applications for its fourth round of proposals for funding. The fourth round is a major opportunity for private sector companies to expand their efforts to prevent and treat those diseased among their workforce and in the surrounding communities.

In the three previous round of funding proposals the Global Fund has committed US 2.1 Billion over a two year period to 224 programs in over 120 countries to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

For more information: www.theglobalfund.org

Dr. Ariel Rosita King is also President of the Ariel Foundation and Ariana-Leilani International Children's Foundation.

ACI's New Seminars

February 2004
Understanding, Accessing, and Partnering with the United Nations
Washington, DC on Thursday, February 26, 2004
New York City on Friday, February 27, 2004 March 2004

Understanding and Success in the Global Fund (for Malaria, TB & HIV)
Washington, DC Friday March 26, 2004
New York City Monday, March 29, 2004

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