Allan Maleche is the Board Member representing Developing County NGOs on the Global Fund Board.
He is a dynamic thought leader in the field of global health governance, with over a decade of experience in promoting ethical, human rights-based approaches to health planning, programming and service delivery. His work has substantively focused on HIV and tuberculosis in Kenya. He has served as Chair of the Implementers Group of the Global Fund Board, which represents ten diverse government and civil society constituencies.
He is the founding Executive Director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). In 2016, he was named Kenya’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
On the Global Fund Board, as Chair of the Implementers Group (2015-2017), Allan has woven together the diverse ten constituencies of the Implementers Group to develop a set of shared priorities, strengthen internal governance and communications among constituencies, and collectively produced a roadmap that tackles important issues, including: absorptive capacity, sustainability & transition, and human rights & gender equality. He has championed the Global Fund replenishment process in Kenya and globally
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 provided technical support in Kenya and South Sudan, conducting legal environment assessments and identifying measures to mitigate human rights risks to Global Fund-financed programs. KELIN is part of a regional grant from the Global Fund which focuses on removing legal barriers to access services by key populations in HIV and TB in 10 African Countries.
In Kenya, Allan has used the legal framework to safeguard the rights of communities affected by HIV & TB through litigating landmark cases, including Daniel Ng’etich and Others v The Honourable Attorney General and Others, which successfully argued against incarceration of persons with tuberculosis as a public health measure; KELIN and Others v The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health and Others, which seeks to overturn a directive by the President requiring real-name registration of children living with HIV; and Petitions 605 and 606 of 2014 on forced and coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV. Since his appointment as executive director of KELIN in 2010. KELIN is now recognized globally for its work in advancing the rights of persons affected by HIV and tuberculosis.
Allan was instrumental in developing the Nairobi Strategy on TB and Human Rights in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership and the University of Chicago International Human Rights Clinic. The Strategy outlines a human rights-based framework for achieving the Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020. He has also been a leader in developing analysis of TB and human rights, by co-hosting the first workshops to raise awareness of TB with civil society, TB survivors and affected communities, and the judiciary in India and the African region.
As a two-time survivor of malaria himself, Allan is also a champion for the fight to reduce and eliminate malaria by building on progress, combining efforts and expanding investment in interventions that are proven to work.
A former fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Allan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi, and a Diploma in Gender and Human Rights from Uppsala University. His research and writing has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Harvard Health and Human Rights journal, and Health Research and Policy Systems. Allan is frequently an invited speaker and is often sought out by press, with appearances on national television on such issues as accountability and transparency in African health sectors, effective devolution of health to county governments, the right to privacy in the context of HIV, and women’s health rights. In 2016, he was listed as one of the Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya’s Business Daily.