Discussions on the establishment of the African Constituency Bureau (ACB) date as far back as the year 2012 when the two major Global Fund (GF) constituencies – Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) – came together and developed the governance framework paper detailing how they were to operate and govern themselves. The framework provided for the establishment of the African Constituency Bureau for the Global Fund so that it could serve as a technical resource center for these two constituencies. The (ACB) was thus officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 6th of May 2017. The formation of the Bureau is in firm recognition of the opportunities the Global Fund (GF) and its mechanisms has continued to provide to the African continent to save millions of lives. Although the GF is participatory in its operations, the African voices were not adequately heard in global health discussions
Mrs. Susan Mochache, Incoming Alternate Board Member ESA (2020-2022)
She is the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health. She has held the position of Principal Secretary since her appointment by H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya in December 2015 and a reappointment to the same in January 2018. Before joining the Ministry of Health, she was the PS in the State Department for Co-operatives, overseeing, implementation of the various Co-operative Policies. She has also served as the PS for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry overseeing development and implementation of policies and programmes on Environment, Forestry and Climate Change. Earlier on, she was the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Social Protection where she oversaw the design and implementation of policy reforms in Social Protection, Child Protection, Older Persons and Persons with Disability. She provided strategic leadership in the design and execution of innovative programmes that helped strengthen service delivery to the vulnerable people across the country.
H.E. Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Incoming Board member ESA (2020-2022)
He is a medical doctor by profession and it was during the time of apartheid in his country that he resolved to participate in the struggle for the emancipation of South Africans who were oppressed and did not have access to basic human rights such as proper health care. He served for 10 years as the Chairperson of the Health and Education Committee of the African National Congress.
He is the current Minister of health of South Africa.
Dr. Benjamin Atipo, WCA Incoming Alternate Board member (2020-2022) (2018-2020)
Benjamin Atipo is the Executive Director of the National Council Against HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Epidemics in Congo. Since 2008 Dr. Atipo has been the technical adviser to the First Lady of Congo and the Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of Congo.