Incoming Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Media release

3 October 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the appointment of Mr James Gilling as Australia's Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Senator Carr said the role has been expanded to cover tuberculosis (TB) and malaria to reflect the major health challenges facing Australia’s region.

“This role shows Australia’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” Senator Carr said.

“Millions of people continue to be affected by these life-threatening diseases, which in 2010 alone claimed more than 3.5 million lives. Unfortunately, those suffering the most tend to be the poorest people in the poorest parts of the world.”

In the Asia Pacific region in 2010 there were 30 million cases and 42,000 deaths as a result of malaria alone so Australia’s support is vital.

Mr Gilling is the First Assistant Director General in the Policy and Sector Division of AusAID, where he is responsible for policy coordination on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB issues.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Agricultural Economics from Nottingham University and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University.

Mr Gilling replaces Mr Murray Proctor, who represented Australia as HIV/AIDS ambassador from 2007.

“With more than 25 years experience in development and social research, Mr Gilling will represent Australia in promoting effective responses to HIV/AIDS and other global health challenges,” said Senator Carr.

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