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[Comment] Offline: Global health and the private sector

I crossed paths with Peter Sands at the World Health Assembly last week. I greeted him warmly, I thought, and asked how he was settling into his new role as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He looked uncomfortable. His manner was frosty, possibly even icy. Our conversation, such as it was, faltered. We parted awkwardly. I understand why. After we published a laudatory welcome following his appointment, we criticised the Global Fund’s partnership with drinks manufacturer, Heineken—a partnership endorsed by Peter himself.

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