The fourth Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award will be bestowed to the Developing Country NGO Delegation Board Member, Allan Maleche.
Laela Wilding, Naomi de Luce Wilding and Quinn Tivey, grandchildren of Elizabeth Taylor and Ambassors of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, will give him the biannual award during the opening ceremony of the 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 on the evening of Monday, 23 July, in Amsterdam. The presentation will take place on the same stage from which the famed actor and activist addressed the 8th International AIDS Conference in 1992.
Allan Maleche is the Board Member of the Developing Country NGO Delegation the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Board and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Fund. He is also the first executive director of the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) in 2010.
“On behalf of my colleagues and the communities we serve, I am deeply honoured to accept the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award,” Allan Maleche said. “Despite the successes we have had, there are still many human rights issues we need to address. Roughly the same number of people died of AIDS last year as the year before. This is unacceptable given the life-saving ARVs that we have. Globally, 40 % of people who need ARVs do not have access to them.”
“We also need to ensure that the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB amd Malaria is successful and that we reach the funding target based on the what is needed to eradicate HIV, TB and malaria” added Allan Maleche.
Allanwas formerly the Alternate Board Member of the same constituency and the previous Chair of the Implementers Group of the Global Fund Board, comprised of ten diverse government and civil society constituencies worldwide. In 2017, Allan was nominated to serve as Chair of the Global Fund’s Board and successfully advanced to the final stage of the selection process, where he finished as runner up after a well fought, competitive campaign.
On the Global Fund Board, Allan has woventogether the diverse ten constituencies of the Implementers Group to develop a set of shared priorities, strengthened internal governance and communications among constituencies, and collectively produced a road map that tackles important issues, including: absorptive capacity, sustainability and transition, as well as human rights and gender equality. He has championed the Global Fund replenishment process in Kenya and globally.
Within the Board, he has promoted and facilitated consensus-based decisions on core strategic, financial, ethics and governance policies. As an implementer in a developing country, KELIN under the leadership of Allan has provided technical assistance for the Global Fund on community, rights and gender; and has also conducted legal environment assessments and identified measures to mitigate human rights risks to Global Fund-financed programs in Kenya and South Sudan. KELIN is part of a regional grant from the Global Fund which focuses on removing legal barriers to access services by key and vulnerable populations in HIV and TB in ten African Countries
“Allan Maleche knows that the law is a powerful tool to protect human rights,” IAS PresidentLinda-Gail Bekkersaid.“As a tireless crusader for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV and TB, Allan has achieved legal victories that have not only protected individuals. They have also led to smarter, more effective policies that reject stigma and discrimination and advance more humane and effective approaches to ending the twin epidemics of HIV and TB.”
“Twenty-six years ago, my grandmother Elizabeth Taylor focused the world’s attention on this epidemic at the 8th International AIDS Conference here in Amsterdam. Whenever she spoke about AIDS, Elizabeth made it clear that respecting the human rights of everyone living with and at risk for HIV is the only way to end the epidemic. She would have been proud to see this award go to such a dedicated human rights crusader, Allan Achesa Maleche,” said Quinn Tivey.
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