New figures appointed to U.N. Special Envoys and MDG Health Alliance

Two new figures have been appointed to leadership positions in the United Nations Special Envoy office and will help the MDG Health Alliance achieve the Millennium Development Goals, Ray Chambers announced Friday.

Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general's special envoy for financing the MDGs and chairman of the MDG Health Alliance announced Suprotik Basu and David Alport will be appointed.

"With only 940 days remaining to save the lives of 4.4 million children and 230,000 mothers, we have no time to waste," Chambers said. "Protik has a proven track record in the fight against malaria, and he has the vision we require to overcome among the most pressing global-health challenges of the day. He has my complete confidence to lead our expanded work across all of the Health MDGs at a critical juncture."

Basu served as the Managing Director for the Chambers' Special Envoy Office and will now act as the chief executive officer for a newly combined organization that will focus on both the financing and achievement of the Health MDGs in the Special Envoy Office and MDG Health Alliance.

"David is a one of the most thoughtful and well-regarded professionals in the business," Chambers said. "His strategic approach to communications will ensure that we reach our intended targets with the right messages to help achieve our global health goals. He will be a terrific addition to our team."

Alport previously served as vice president of communications for GBCHealth and will now act as senior vice president of communications. His responsibilities will include communications and media campaigns for the Special Envoy Office and the MDG Health Alliance.

All new appointees have the target of reaching the MDGs by December 31, 2015. They include a variety of humanitarian targets established in 2000 by 193 member states of the U.N. and 73 international organizations to save the lives of 4.4 million children and 230,000 mothers from consequences of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.