Global Fund makes major personnel, policy changes

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria made major changes on Thursday when it hired a new director, dismissed its inspector general and announced a new grant making approach.

The fund named Mark Dybul, the Bush administration's global AIDS czar, to the position of executive director. Dybul was backed by the United States and Bill Gates. While respected by many AIDS activists in the U.S., controversy remains over his time in the Bush administration connected to abstinence, anti-prostitution and strict generic drug licensing policies, the New York Times reports.

The fund's last executive director, Michel Kazatchkine, quit in January after his day-to-day management duties were given to Gabriel Jaramillo, a Brazilian banker. Kazatchkine and John Parsons, the fund's inspector general, clashed privately over corruption claims within the agency.

Parsons was dismissed on Thursday, with the organization citing unsatisfactory work as the reason.

The fund also announced a new grant application process that would focus more on the hardest-hit countries instead of all 150 that received help in the past.

Upon hearing the news of the changes, Kazatchkine wished the agency and its new appointee well, the New York Times reports.

"I hope that, after a year of turbulence, the fund finds the serenity needed to move forward again," Kazatchkine said, according to the New York Times.