Dr. Allyson Leacock Re-Elected as Global World AIDS Campaign Chair

AMSTERDAM – The unanimous re-election of Dr. Allyson Leacock as Chair of the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign is indeed a positive achievement for our region. The new Executive Committee was elected as The World AIDS Campaign (WAC) recently held its eighth Global Steering Committee (GSC) meeting in Amsterdam.

On the subject of her re-election to the post, Dr. Leacock said that “the diverse membership of the GSC and the World AIDS Campaign’s outreach to the global south including the Caribbean have been professionally enriching. I look forward to working with the very engaged members of the GSC and the passionate staff of the WAC as we embark on a renewed strategic direction for the next 5 years and advocate to keep HIV on the world’s critical agenda for sustained funding to continue saving lives”.  … 

One of Dr. Leacock’s key responsibilities as Chair is representing the Global Steering Committee at external meetings, such as the Biannual Country Partners Platform meetings of the World AIDS Campaign. She also acts on behalf of the World AIDS Campaign in Amsterdam and World AIDS Campaign International in Cape Town, South Africa, and will continue to do so during this second term as Chairman. 

As the Executive Director of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS which is headquartered in Barbados, Dr. Leacock is also a member of the Leadership Committee of the Global Media AIDS Initiative and represents the media seat on the GSC.

This re-election comes during a critical year for Dr. Leacock and other AIDS campaigners, as 2010 is the deadline for the G8’s commitment to universal access and the five-year marker to the Millennium Development Goals. The session, which was chaired by Dr Leacock, formed part of a large-scale strategic review of the World AIDS Campaign. . One of the key outcomes of the GSC meeting was work on the WAC’s new mission and values statement, which will be released in the coming weeks.  

Other members elected to the Executive Committee are Patricia Mugambai, Vice President and Director, Global Business Coalition East and Central Africa representing business. New members include Ethel Irene Hamman, Partner, Horwarth Zeller Karro as the new Chair of the Audit Committee; Rachel Ong, Chair of Global Network of People Living with HIV representing people living with HIV; Asif Altaf, HIV/AIDS Coordinator of the International Transport Worker’s Federation representing labour; George Ayala, Executive Officer, the Global Forum on MSM representing key populations ; Kate Thomson, Chief Civil Society Partnerships, UNAIDS as observer; and Mick Matthews, Global Fund Civil Society Liaison from the Global Fund as observer.
About the CBMP

Established in 2006, the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS (CBMP) unites 92 top broadcasters from 24 countries in the region’s first coordinated media response to the HIV pandemic. The Partnership creates a structured framework for sharing information and resources among broadcasters that significantly expands HIV/AIDS-related programming and public education activities across the Caribbean. Member broadcasters deliver HIV/AIDS information across a variety of platforms and formats, including targeted public service announcements (PSAs), entertainment programming, news and public affairs programming, and online resources.
In 2007, the CBMP launched LIVE UP – the Caribbean’s first media-led regional initiative that links people together with one message of hope and possibility and inspires everyone to consider what is within their power to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The CBMP is the regional action arm of the Global Media AIDS Initiative (www.thegmai.org <http://www.thegmai.org/>), a U.N.-supported effort conceived by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with UNAIDS to mobilize the world’s media in response to AIDS.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and The Ford Foundation are supporting partners of the CBMP.

For more information on the CBMP at http://www.cbmphiv.org <http://www.cbmphiv.org/> and to learn more about LIVE UP and the new LIVE UP: This is Me creative campaign you may visit http://www.iliveup.com <http://www.iliveup.com/>.

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