U.K. secretary says Global Fund reforms on track

Andrew Mitchell, the U.K.'s international development secretary, recently said that efforts to reform the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are going well.

Mitchell told the Parliamentary Select Committee on International Development that the speed and effectiveness of the reforms are on target. He singled out the Global Fund's new leadership for praise, particularly new general manager Gabriel Jaramillo for enforcing financial supervision, according to

"The general manager is doing a brilliant job," Mitchell said, reports.

Since beginning in February, Jaramillo has reorganized the Global Fund's financial oversight system and increasing the number of staff that work directly on managing grants.

Mitchell said that the U.K. has committed $204 million to the Global fund every year for the next several years, and added that the amount could increase annually from 2013 to 2015 if reforms continue.

"The past two years have been difficult for the Global Fund but I am encouraged that strong leadership is now in place and action is being taken to begin a process of robust reform," Mitchell said, reports. "The UK is prepared to agree a significant increase in our contribution to the Global Fund - but it must show that the reform program remains on track and is having an impact."