It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jacqueline Wittebrood earlier this week.
Jacqueline was at International Civil Society Support since its humble beginnings in 2006 alongside Peter and Raoul. Jacqueline also acted as Communications Focal Point for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, co-created the Global Fund Advocates Network and with colleagues in global health, conceived of and launched the first “Here I Am” campaign which has grown into a widely appreciated network of champions for the Global Fund.
Jacqueline extended her hand in friendship to a generation of advocates from so many different backgrounds who feel she nurtured and instilled in us a sense of dedication and commitment for our collective efforts in the HIV-response and other global health issues.
Jacqueline was compassionate, diligent and always demonstrated a deep understanding of the key human rights and development issues of our time. She conveyed her ideas succinctly, without arrogance demonstrating profound commitment. Apart from her incredible intellect, Jacqueline’s humble demeanour and strong sense of social justice made her an effective advocate, an excellent colleague and truly an amazing individual.
On behalf of our extended, global family of advocates, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jacqueline’s family and friends. The obituary in which Jacqueline’s family shared the sad news (attached to this message), reads:
“Defeated and for all of us much too soon, in great sadness we had to bid farewell to our loving, caring, brave and fierce Jacqueline” and: “You just had to love this woman.”
We wholeheartedly share these sentiments; you will be in our hearts and minds when you gather for Jacqueline’s memorial service on Tuesday afternoon. Together, we will remember and celebrate her life.
For those attending the Global Fund 38th Board Meeting this week, please note that information will be circulated about an informal gathering to remember Jacqueline.
— Obituary —
In 2014, Jacqueline brought this piece of artwork back from Australia; It is titled:
“Bush Tucker at Alice Springs and Hermannsberg” by Joanne Wheeler