On Thursday, July 12, 2018, the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM) of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (TGF) completed its membership renewal.
Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) was elected as chairperson; while Rev. Janice F. Gonoe of the Lutheran Church in Liberia HIV and AIDS Program and Johnson T. Hinneh of the Ministry of Education were elected as First and Second Vice Chairs respectively to serve on the multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary body.
Both Cllr. Gongloe and Hinneh who represent private/for profit sector and government constituencies were elected unopposed during the elections; while Rev. Janice Gonoe won Barbara Brillant with a margin of seven votes out of the total of 20 votes cast. Both were nominated from the civil society constituencies. The elections were held at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia with technical and financial support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ.
The LCM is known globally as Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). It is a national body that submits funding applications to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on behalf of Liberia. Members of the LCM include representatives of all sectors including multilateral and bilateral agencies, government, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, faith-based organization, the private sector, key and affected population and people living with the diseases.
The membership renewal process was done in compliance with Global Fund Requirement and the Governance and Operational Manual of the LCM. Membership on the LCM is for three years, the newly elected officials will serve from July 12, 2018 to June 30, 2021.
Earlier, over 75 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) representatives from Local Non-Governmental Organizations (LNGO), People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and Key Affected Population (KAP) in the country held elections for new representatives to the LCM as per the Global Fund requirement which calls for the election of CSO members through a transparent and inclusive process.
Those elected to represent NGOs on the LCM were: Joyce K. Jarwolo of the Public Health Institute of Liberia (PHIL) as member, with T. Edwin Kamara of the Youth Crime Watch (YCW) as Alternate; while Gabriel Starks of the Starks Foundation as member, with Swaliho Fofana of Youth Aid Liberia as Alternate.
For the PLHIV representation on the LCM: Joejoe Baysah of Light Association was elected as member, with Josephine Godoe of the Network of Persons Living with HIV (LIBNEP+) as Alternate; while Cynthia Yah Gonleh of the Liberia Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN) as member, and Dahn Tyler of ALL+ as Alternate.
Likewise, those elected to represent the Key Affected Population Community on the LCM were: Stephen McGill of Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL) – member, with Maxwell Momboe of the Liberia Initiative for the Promotion of Rights, Identity, Diversity and Equality (LIPRIDE) as Alternate; while Charles Richards of TNOL as member and Jennifer Henshaw of LEGAL as Alternate.