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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…

Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals

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During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women , the global community will come together to reflect on key achievements and challenges in advancing progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. This provides an opportune moment to examine the impact of one such challenge: violence against…

Key Federal World AIDS Day Speeches

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The week of World AIDS Day is always an important and busy time for the HIV community. Our partners work especially hard to lend visibility to HIV awareness and to educate people we may not reach the rest of the year. We end this week by showcasing several key voices in the dialogue for HIV/AIDS…

President Obama Signs Reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Dr. Tom Frieden

Ten years ago, HIV/AIDS was devastating the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals in communities across Africa and in other resource-poor countries around the world. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we have since made extraordinary progress in reducing new HIV infections and providing life-saving care and treatment to those who…

Celebrating a Decade of Progress Fighting Global HIV/AIDS

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

This World AIDS Day, CDC and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) commemorate a decade of success in fighting global HIV/AIDS. Ten years ago, this modern-day plague was devastating the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals in communities across Africa and in other resource-poor countries around the world. Today, we celebrate the extraordinary…