SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Kate Thompson joins Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Kate Thompson, an AIDS activist for approximately 30 years, has been named the head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society hub of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The newly-created position was designed to improve Global Fund's human rights efforts and to foster new partnerships that help individuals who are impacted by HIV.

Previously, Thompson worked for UNAIDS in policy, advocacy and outreach. She worked with various organizations to assist people who have been diagnosed with HIV and those who live in areas that put them at a higher risk to contract the virus.

"Kate is a passionate leader with unrivalled expertise and commitment," Marijke Wijnroks, chief of staff for Global Fund, said. "No one is better suited than Kate to help lead the Global Fund's drive for effective responses that are grounded in human rights and centered on communities."

Thompson's advocacy for AIDS-related issues began in the 1980s when she established Positively Women, a United Kingdom-based organization that helped women who had been diagnosed with HIV. Thompson also played a role in establishing other global organizations to help those who are impacted by HIV.

Osamu Kunil, head of the strategy, investment and impact division for Global Fund, said that the willingness of UNAIDS to release Thompson from her contract demonstrated both of the organizations' commitment to collaboration in the fight against AIDS.