New members appointed to Korean Global Disease Eradication Fund operating committee
The Korean ministry of foreign affairs appointed four new civil members to the operating committee of the Global Disease Eradication Fund (GDEF) on October 31, 2019. The committee members are from civil society organizations, the health sector, media, and academia. They include a representative on gender equality and women’s empowerment, a government official in charge of communicable disease control, a journalist covering health and medical issues, and a medical school professor.
The GDEF aims to prevent and eradicate infectious diseases in partner countries. Through GDEF, South Korea has supported several projects by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and more, and it has provided contributions to the Global Fund, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNITAID. The GDEF raises funds by charging a levy on international flights departing from Korea.