Global Fund praises appointment of Carter as Stop TB vice chair

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria applauded the appointment of Joanne Carter by the Stop TB Partnership on Wednesday as its coordinating board's new vice chair.

Carter, who currently serves as the executive director of the advocacy organization RESULTS, is a board member of the Global Fund. She has close to two decades of experience engaging in and leading advocacy efforts to increase political attention and resources for TB.

"Joanne is a true leader in global health," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "We applaud the Stop TB Partnership for calling on her expertise, which will be invaluable."

Dybul said TB was always a top Global Fund priority. The disease is receiving additional attention due to the need for increased efforts toward vulnerable groups affected by TB and the emergence of multi-drug-resistant TB.

Carter will serve as Stop TB's vice chair for a period of three years.

"We are honored to have Dr. Joanne Carter join us," Lucica Ditiu, the executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, said. "Dr. Carter, together with the Honorable Minister of Health of South Africa (Aaron Motsoaledi), will ensure that our board will continue the series of transformations and changes started under the previous leadership, adjusting our thinking and actions to the realities of 2013 and beyond."