GAVI Civil Society announces new Board members
JULY 2011 | GENEVA - The GAVI CSO Steering Committee has announced that Joan Awunyo-Akaba, PhD, has become the Board Alternate representing civil society on the GAVI Alliance Board. In mid-April, a Call for Nominations was disseminated widely through email listservs. The announcement was posted on the GAVI Alliance website, and the GAVI CSO Constituency website. Advertisements were also posted in English, Spanish and French in three international papers (Economist, La Paz, and Jeune Afrique).
The GAVI CSO Steering Committee also announced that Dr. Alan Hinman was confirmed as civil society Board Representative at the July GAVI Alliance Board meeting. Alan Hinman has served as our Board Alternate during Dr. Faruque Ahmed’s tenure, for the past two years, and put forward as the CSO Constituency’s Board Representative nominee in line with the CSO Constituency Charter. Find bios for Alan and Joan below.
The Committee also thanks Dr Faruque Ahmed (BRAC, Bangladesh) for serving as the civil society Representative on the GAVI Alliance Board for the past two years. During Dr Ahmed’s term, the civil society constituency has developed considerably, and is now a robust and diverse group of more than 150 organizations.
Alan Hinman is a Senior Public Health Scientist at the Task Force for Global Health, a not-for-profit affiliated with Emory University. He currently serves as Alternate Board Member representing Civil Society and, in accordance with the Charter of the Civil Society Constituency, will advance to the Board at the end of the term of Faruque Ahmed. Since 1965 he has worked in public health at state, national, and global levels, including 24 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he directed the U.S. Immunization Program 1977-1988. He has been with the Task Force since retiring from CDC in 1996. His BA is from Cornell University, MD from Western Reserve University, and MPH from Harvard University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Joan Awunyo-Akaba has a PhD in medical sociology from the University of Ghana Legon (2007). She is a community health development consultant; Founder and Executive Director of Future Generations International (FUGI), a Ghanaian based NGO on health promotion and development; and an expert in childhood immunisation advocacy; behaviour change communication; and water, sanitation, and hygiene. A registered nurse, she is involved in civil society organisational activities, and is currently the National Vice Chairperson of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health. Joan also represents the national Health Coalition on the Ghana Health Services’ GAVI Consortium that assesses the eligibility and involvement of CSOs in immunisation and health systems strengthening; and is presently advocating for the establishment of a National Innovative Fund for Childhood Immunization that would ensure the sustainability of the EPI in Ghana when GAVI support ends.