Director of External Relations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Christoph Benn joined the Global Fund in 2003 and is currently the Director of External Relations. He has been responsible for building and maintaining good relations to all Global Fund partners and mobilizing resources for the Global Fund almost since its creation in 2002, through the management of replenishment conferences and spearheading innovative approaches to resource mobilization including (Product) RED and Debt2Health.
Prior to joining the Global Fund, he worked as a clinician in the UK, Germany and as Doctor-in-Charge of a rural hospital in Tanzania. Christoph Benn has more than 20 years of experience in global health with a special focus on AIDS and infectious diseases.
The Global Fund
The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.
Soon after its founding in 2002, the Global Fund became the main multilateral funder in global health. It channels 82 percent of the international financing for TB, 50 percent for malaria, and 21 percent of the international financing against AIDS. It also funds health systems strengthening, as inadequate health systems are one of the main obstacles to scaling up interventions to secure better health outcomes for HIV, TB and malaria.
Programs supported by the Global Fund have made an increasingly significant contribution to the international targets for key services such as the provision of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV, TB treatment under DOTS and insecticide-treated nets to prevent the transmission of malaria.