[ACNS source: Tulleken and Associates] Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, flies to Paris tonight (14 July) to attend a high-powered post G-8 summit Global Fund conference.
It will include government representatives, heads of international organisations, private sector business leaders and NGO representatives. The intention is to evaluate the performance and governance of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and to review its role and added value in the comprehensive response to the three pandemics.
The meeting will also discuss how to strengthen and rationalise financial support for the fund and help identify original and innovative methods of developing public-private partnerships.
The invitation was issued by the French Minister of Health, the Minister Designate for cooperation and Francophony and the USA's chairman of the board of Health and Human Services.
Before his departure the archbishop said, "I am humbled and honoured by the invitation which is indicative of the increasing awareness of the important role that can be played by faith communities, which reach deep into society. Our own Anglican programme is fully committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS that is making it so difficult for people to test in time for the disease to be managed. We are also involved in advocacy for issues related to all three diseases."