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The Stakes Could Not Be Higher

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

Editor’s Note: This blog post highlights the important work being done globally to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2015 World AIDS Day report , in advance of December 1. The…

Ambassador Birx: World AIDS Day Message and More

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

In preparation for World AIDS Day 2015, AIDS.gov spoke with Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, M.D., the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. She talked about the importance of World AIDS Day and the factors that could enable the U.S. and its PEPFAR partners to reduce the number of new…

Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy on Translating the Vision Into Action: Fast-Tracking to an AIDS-free Generation

PEPFAR Infographic cropped - Amb Birx blog - Sep 2015

Imagine a world where we have everything we need to reduce new HIV infections by 90 percent. Imagine the creation of an AIDS-free generation, the end of HIV as a public health threat. An AIDS-free generation. This is not a distant dream – it is the extraordinary moment before us right now. This week at…

Conversations from CROI 2015: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. ( Video)

Amb Birx - CROI2015

We continue our coverage of the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) with this conversation between AIDS.gov’s Miguel Gomez and Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, Coordinator of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. CROI is an annual convening of 4,000 of the top basic,…

Ambassador Birx Discusses PEPFAR Priorities

ambassador birx and dr. valdiserri

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Deborah L. Birx, M.D., to talk about her priorities for the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. Watch…

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

pepfar logo

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

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…