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Conversations from AIDS 2014: Mary Mahy, UNAIDS

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Among the many topics being discussed at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, is the release of the UNAIDS Gap Report  a new report that analyzes the reasons for the widening gap between people around the world who are gaining access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care, and those who are left behind,…

Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards

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At AIDS 2014 on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the PEPFAR program.  She shared a few observations with us after several busy days at the conference in Melbourne. She noted she was excited to see representatives of various sectors assembled…

Statement by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

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It is with deep sadness that PEPFAR extends our condolences to the families and friends of all the passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.  Reportedly, some onboard were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and were longtime colleagues and friends of the global HIV/AIDS community.  Our thoughts and support are with all…

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

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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,…

World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis

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Today, Monday, March 24, 2014, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) joins the international community in commemorating World TB Day and those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease; TB is second only to HIV/AIDS in global deaths due to infectious diseases. Moreover, the World Health Organization  estimates that at…

On World TB Day, Faster Progress Needed Against HIV & TB

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From the start of the AIDS pandemic, HIV and tuberculosis (TB) have operated in lethal collaboration. Indeed TB, the millennia-old scourge, remains the single biggest killer of people living with HIV/AIDS, claiming the lives of more than 800 people every day. A powerful new film will premiere on PBS this week , about drug-resistant TB in communities…

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