This Week in Global Health With IIGH: Interview with Allan Maleche

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Allan Maleche is the Executive Director of the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN).  Watch part 1 of his incredible interview discussing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on his personal experience in Kenya.

“With the restrictive measures that have been introduced & the fact that the Ministry of Health has opted to take a punitive approach to enforcing public health measures, we have actually seen increased cases of human rights violations” – Allan Maleche

Learn more about the lessons Allan Maleche feels are important to take away from this crisis both for public health and the law.  Allan Maleche is the Board Member representing Developing County NGOs on the Global Fund Board. He is a dynamic thought leader in the field of global health governance, with over a decade of experience in promoting ethical, human rights-based approaches to health planning, programming and service delivery. His work has substantively focused on HIV and tuberculosis in Kenya. He has served as Chair of the Implementers Group of the Global Fund Board, which represents ten diverse government and civil society constituencies. He is the founding Executive Director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). In 2016, he was named Kenya’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. In the same year, he was listed as one of the Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya’s Business Daily.

In 2018, he was honored as the fourth recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award, during the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. On the Global Fund Board, as Chair of the Implementers Group (2015-2017), Allan has woven together the diverse ten constituencies of the Implementers Group to develop a set of shared priorities, strengthen internal governance and communications among constituencies, and collectively produced a roadmap that tackles important issues, including: absorptive capacity, sustainability & transition, and human rights & gender equality. He has championed the Global Fund replenishment process in Kenya and globally

As an implementer, in a developing country, KELIN under the leadership of Allan has provided technical assistance for the Global Fund on community, rights and gender, and has provided technical support in Kenya and South Sudan, conducting legal environment assessments and identifying measures to mitigate human rights risks to Global Fund-financed programs.

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