The Medicines Patent Pool is pleased to welcome Anna Zakowicz as its newest Governance Board member. Ms Zakowicz is the co-chair of the Board of Directors at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), a member of the Board of Directors of European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and the co-chair of the Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS at the European Commission.
Ms Zakowicz has been active in communities of people living with HIV, people who use drugs and women affected by HIV for years, holding leadership roles at both GNP+ and EATG, and as an independent expert. She brings extensive experience on treatment access issues facing Eastern Europe and Central Asia to her new role. Among her achievements to-date, Ms Zakowicz developed an assessment tool to determine national-level gaps in HIV, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis care; acted as a community expert on HIV/AIDS treatment in Latvia; and worked as a focal point in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to increase meaningful participation of women at the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS. She has developed and run trainings in HIV treatment literacy and advocacy, management of healthcare and programmes for people who use drugs in Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Austria and Belgium.
In December 2011, the Board of the Medicines Pool decided [pdf] to appoint one Board member from the communities of people living with HIV as well as to expand the Pool’s Expert Advisory Group to include two experts drawn from organisations representing communities of people living with HIV. In June 2012, Wim Vandevelde and Gracia Violeta Ross joined the EAG.