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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State, Washington, DC, July 17, 2014 “We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this…

Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on PEPFAR’s Approach to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation

Deborah Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

President Obama and Secretary Kerry have committed PEPFAR to supporting countries in achieving an AIDS-free generation as a core pillar of the United States global health agenda. Together, we have made extraordinary progress toward this ambitious goal, saving millions of lives, and bringing hope and healing to communities and nations. Dozens of countries, many in…

Statement from Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on the Principles of PEPFAR’s Public Health Approach

Deborah Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Since its creation in 2003, PEPFAR has been fundamentally about saving lives. When PEPFAR began, in much of the world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, lives were being lost to HIV/AIDS at a truly terrifying rate. Individuals, families, communities – and in some cases the very foundation of societies – were being threatened under an unfathomable…

Dr. Deborah Birx Sworn-In as New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

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Washington, D.C.—Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in today as the new Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator to lead all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. Ambassador Birx now oversees implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history,…

Statement from Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel On Passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013

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We commend the U.S. Congress for passing the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, reaffirming its strong commitment to this historic global health program. The Act, a bi-partisan and bi-cameral effort, extends critical authorities and strengthens oversight of the landmark 2003 legislation establishing the U.S. President’s Emergency…