Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board appoints
Mr Rico Gustav as Board Member and
Ms Maurine Murenga as Alternate Board Member
The Communities Living with HIV, Tuberculosis and affected by Malaria Delegation (Communities Delegation) of the Global Fund Board is pleased to announce and welcomes the appointments of Mr Rico Gustav as the Board Member, and Ms Maurine Murenga as the Alternate Board Member. They will both serve in their terms from 1st July 2016 through 30th June 2018.
Mr Rico Gustav is currently the Community Development Manager of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rico is an Indonesian and has been working and advocating on PLHIV issues for more than 13 years at the national, regional and global level. Since 1999, Rico has worked in various community-based organisations in Indonesia, mainly in organisations that provided support to people who use drugs and people living with HIV. He has a strong grasp, understanding and diverse experience working in Global Fund policies, grant management and implementation, including being involved in the establishment of the CCM in Indonesia, strengthening the grant management for country grants. Previously, Rico worked at the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) for four years and was the Grant Management Unit Manager which managed the development of Global Fund grant proposals and the implementation of grants, in this role he provided support to national organisations to be meaningfully involved in Global Fund in country processes.
Ms Maurine Murenga has openly been living with HIV since the early 2000s. Due to her inability to access prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and subsequent contraction of HIV by her child, Maurine joined HIV advocacy in Kenya to ensure universal access to prevention and treatment services. In 2008, Maurine founded the Lean On Me Foundation, which provides comprehensive care and support to adolescent girls and young women living with HIV and tuberculosis in Kenya. Maurine currently works as the Advocacy and Communication Officer for the Global Fund programme at the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global) and is a member of the Gender Technical Committee on HIV and AIDS in Kenya, and Steering Group Member of Women4GlobalFund (W4GF). Maurine is a speaker of the Speakers Bureau of Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and a two-time award winner for her work with women and girls – winning the Unsung Hero Award from the US embassy in Kenya and the East Africa Community Service Award from the Ufadhili Trust, and lately joined ambassadors for malaria free society.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank out-going member Mr Alexandr Curasov for his unwavering dedication, enthusiasm, commitment, leadership, and expertise during his tenure as Board Member of the Communities Delegation, and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.