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
Dr. Benjamin Atipo, WCA Alternate Board member
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.
Pr. Pascal Niamba, WCA Board Member
Pascal Antoine Niamba is a professor of dermatology and venereology at universities in Burkina Faso, and the head of the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties of the Health Sciences Training and Research Unit at OUAGA University. Dr. Niamba has chaired the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Burkina Faso since 2015.
Major General (Dr.) Gerald Gwinju, ESA Alternate Board Member 2018-2020
Outgoing and incoming alternate board member, ESA, 2016-2018 and 2018-2020 is passionate about public health management and draws on his experience as brigadier general presiding over military health services in Zimbabwe. “By the end of my 2018-2020 tenure, I hope there will be a stronger appreciation of the current challenges developing countries face in terms of health delivery systems,” Major General (Dr.) Gwinji said. “I also hope to motivate member states to increase their support for the general health delivery systems, including community system strengthening.”
Major General (Dr.) Gwinji is the permanent secretary of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care. A medical doctor by profession, Gwinji specializes in public health and, as a brigadier general presiding over military health services in Zimbabwe, he’s s enjoyed a long career in public health management.