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

Ambassador Birx (Apr. 4):  "I am honored and humbled to lead PEPFAR into a brand new chapter to achieve an AIDS-free generation through shared responsibility, accountability, and impact.” Full Text» Amb. Birx's Biography»

Date: 04/04/2014 Description: Amb. Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator © PEPFAR photo

World AIDS Day 2013

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 2): "When the leaders in this room and in entire communities, entire countries which were ravaged by AIDS...you didn’t see someone else’s crisis. You saw our shared humanity and our shared responsibility." Full Remarks» Sec. Kerry's Statement» More»

Date: 12/02/2013 Location: White House Description: Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at President Obama's World AIDS Day Event - State Dept Image

World AIDS Day 2013

President Obama (Dec. 2): “Today, I’m proud to announce that we’ve not only reached our goal, we’ve exceeded our treatment target. So we’ve helped 6.7 million people receive lifesaving treatment." Full Remarks» Fact Sheet» PEPFAR's 2013 Results» Blog» Proclamation»

In Other News

Amb. Deborah Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on the Principles of PEPFAR's Public Health Approach

Apr. 11: "No matter how challenging the conditions, PEPFAR has never been deterred from continuing to do all we can to support comprehensive, non-discriminatory HIV services for all individuals, and we will not back down now. As public health practitioners, our core ethical responsibility is to the people whom we serve – whether they live in Kampala, Cape Town, or the Caribbean – and this holds true even when we may disagree with host government policies that are at odds with sound science or good public health." Full Text»

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

Mar. 24: Today PEPFAR joins the international community in commemorating World Tuberculosis 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 least one-third of the nearly 36 million people living with HIV/AIDS are also infected with TB. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. With these two diseases so closely linked, the 2015 Millennium Development Goal of a 50 percent reduction of TB-related deaths is integral to achieving an AIDS-free generation. Blog» Fact Sheet»

MCC and PEPFAR partner to transform country assistance programs

Mar. 21: Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel joined The Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Daniel W. Yohannes  to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that establishes a three-year partnership between the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which administers PEPFAR, and MCC. The partnership aims to help other countries to take the reins and empower themselves to confront development challenges like HIV/AIDS. Full Text»  Blog»  Press Release from MCC»

Celebrating World Health Worker Week: Impact for an #AIDSFreeGen

Apr. 8-12: PEPFAR recognizes World Health Worker week! PEPFAR’s investments in Human Resources for Health focus not only on building the workforce capacities of today, but ensuring sustainability of the workforce for tomorrow. World Health Worker Week» Fact Sheet»

Reaching Key Populations With HIV Services: A Public Health Priority

Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Mar. 21): "There is no disputing that to reach our collective goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation, HIV services must be driven by science, comprehensive in nature, and delivered in a non-discriminatory manner. When we follow sound public health and reach people who need services with services, we win. If we don’t reach marginalized populations with services, the virus wins. It is that simple." Full Text»

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

Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (Mar. 19): "The U.S. government and its partners are deeply committed to helping address violence against women and girls, including by supporting countries that want to tackle these issues head-on. This is critical not only to ensure that all individuals can participate fully and safely in their families and communities, but also can access HIV-related and other essential health services." Full Text» Fact Sheet: Addressing Gender and HIV/AIDS» PEPFAR Gender Strategy»

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