The global secretariat has considered the appointment of six new members of the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC) on the validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B virus (HBV). The new members replace retiring members of the GVAC, as well as enhance the GVAC’s expertise in key technical areas such as HIV/STI laboratory and maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Professor Quazi Monirul Islam, Faculty of Medicine of Prince Songkla University, Thailand, and Senior Specialist of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Professor Islam will bring mother, newborn, child and adolescent health expertise to the GVAC.
Dr Michele Montandon, Medical Officer, Maternal and Child Health Branch of the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Dr Montandon will bring HIV and syphilis programme and data expertise to the GVAC. Dr Montandon will replace Dr Surbhi Modi due to retirement from the committee.
Fatima Tsiouris, Deputy Director of Human Resources for Health Development, ICAP at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Fatima Tsiouris will bring HIV data and programme expertise to the GVAC. Fatima Tsiouris will replace Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis due to retirement from the committee.
Dr Melanie Taylor, Medical Epidemiologist, Division of STD Prevention at the National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Dr Taylor will bring additional STI/syphilis data and programme expertise to the GVAC.
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Co-Director, STRIPE (Strengthening Interprofessional Education) for HIV, and Senior Advisor, Center for Global Health Diplomacy, Delivery & Economics, University of California San Francisco, USA, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Deborah von Zinkernagel will bring mother, newborn, child and adolescent health expertise with cross-cutting human rights, gender equality and community engagement expertise to the GVAC.
Valerie Wilson, Director, Caribbean Med Labs Foundation, Trinidad and Tobago, to the Global Validation Advisory Committee (GVAC). Valerie Wilson will bring HIV/STI laboratory expertise to the GVAC. Valerie Wilson will replace Magnus Unerno due to retirement from the committee.
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The deadline for public comments is 11 June 2021. Please send your comment to [email protected] with subject, “Public comments on new GVAC members.”
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