The Global Fund in an era of pandemics

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre
The Global Fund in an era of pandemics

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Date & time

Tuesday 23 August 2022


Brindabella Theatre, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing,ANU, or online via Zoom


Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund


Arichika Okazaki
02 6125 6805

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The last two years have been a vivid demonstration of how old and new pandemics interact. COVID-19 has been a catastrophe for those most affected by HIV, TB and malaria. In 2020, for the first time in The Global Fund’s history, we saw declines in key programmatic results across the three diseases. And as Omicron has demonstrated, Australia remains vulnerable to outbreaks in other parts of the world, unless everyone, everywhere is protected.

With a vast global footprint, The Global Fund ensures that the greatest global health needs are addressed and not restricted by geographical regions, whilst ensuring high standards of governance.

Peter Sands, the Executive Director of The Global Fund, lays out plans to build on 20 years of impact, to protect everyone, everywhere from the deadliest infectious diseases and build a healthier, more equitable world.

He makes the case that finishing the fight against earlier pandemics, the current one, and preparing for future pandemic threats are complementary dimensions of an overall effort to make everyone safer from infectious disease.

Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
A former Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered PLC, one of the world’s leading international banks, Sands has been a research fellow at Harvard University since 2015, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute, working on a range of research projects in financial markets and regulation, fintech and global health.

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