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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…

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

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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…

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…

A Thank You and Tribute to Ambassador Eric Goosby

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Ambassador Goosby and Dr. Fauci at the Fifth Annual International AIDS Society Conference on Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa

On November 1, 2013 Ambassador Eric Goosby wrapped up his extraordinary tenure as United States Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, and returned to his home town of San Francisco. For more than four years, Eric led all U.S. government international HIV/AIDS efforts with great…

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