Delegation Announces Appointment of Lesley Odendal, Bids Farewell to Jomain McKenzie

SKOPJE (May 8) – The Developing Country NGO Constituency Announces the appointment of Ms. Lesley Odendal, Communications Focal Point.

Lesley Odendal of Cape Town, South Africa, is the new Communications Focal Point (CFP) of the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board.

Lesley fills the vacancy left by Jomain McKenzie. Jomain leaves the Global Fund family to join the communications team of the PAHO-WHO Representation for Jamaica, Bermuda and The Cayman Islands.

As a public health and policy researcher, journalist and communications specialist, Lesley has worked in HIV and TB advocacy and communications since 2007. She has worked and consulted for organisations such as Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), UNAIDS, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, UNICEF, the Family Health International (FHI360), ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and UNICEF.

Lesley is also writer and contributor for publications such as NAM/, the Mail & Guardian, IRIN, SA Positive Magazine,, Spotlight and the InterPress Service. In addition, she is an award-winning producer and filmmaker and was named among Mail & Guardian’s Top Young South Africans in 2010.

The Delegation expresses its profound thanks to Jomain who has served the constituency for over four years and across three board members. His support has truly influenced and resulted in greater internal efficiency, a more systematic approach to engaging with a wider base of civil society constituents, an increase in platforms for consultation, as well as a more strategic representation of our constituency views – both at the Board and to developing country NGOs. Lesley provides a welcomed opportunity to grow this work.

The Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund is a voting constituency on the Board of the Global Fund and represents NGOs, from the Developing World, serving those affected by HIV, TB, & malaria. The Delegation seeks to influence decisions and policies to ensure strategic, continuous and appropriate responsiveness to the needs of those affected by the three diseases and the NGOs providing services to them. For more information, please contact Lesley Odendal, Communications Focal Point, or; Allan Maleche, Board Member,; or Dr. Edona Deva, Alternate Board Member,

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