The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria mobilizes $4 billion each year to tackle three of the world's deadliest diseases. In January, the organization launched its investment case — a $14 billion ask, which the Global Fund says would save about 16 million lives — to support its work for the next three years. With $14 billion on the line, the organization's leader, Peter Sands, has been working around the clock to generate political will among donor countries to re-finance his organization. At last month's U.N. General Assembly, Sands told us "a lot needed to happen" in the two weeks between the U.N. gathering and the financing conference in Lyon.
The day after replenishment, Senior Reporter Michael Igoe will host journalists Vince Chadwick — who will be in Lyon — and Jenny Lei Ravelo for an inside look at how things unfolded, and what it means for the future of global health financing.
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Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.
Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.
Jenny Lei Ravelo
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.
Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
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