New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Voice of America Editorial


October 2, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally administered the oath of office to Dr. Eric Goosby as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. A pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Ambassador Goosby has been chosen by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. global effort to combat AIDS.

Ambassador Goosby is a veteran of the battle against HIV/AIDS. As a young doctor in San Francisco in the mid 1980s, he was among the first physicians to treat people with HIV at San Francisco General Hospital. And he never stopped trying to defeat AIDS, working for various organizations within the government and outside of it.

Most recently he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, which works with governments around the world to establish their own sustainable HIV treatment programs. "I have been working on HIV for over 25 years and I have seen extraordinary advances," said Ambassador Goosby.

"But the crisis for AIDS is by far not over. It’s not even close to being over. There is still a massive unmet need for prevention. A huge, massive, unmet need for care, and a growing unmet need for treatment."

AIDS continues to cause devastation beyond measure in countries on every continent and in communities in every country, said Secretary of State Clinton:

"AIDS targets the young and strong. It leaves children without parents, schools without teachers, hospitals without nurses and doctors, fields without farmers. It undermines economies, it widens poverty, it sows the seeds of instability. And for families, its damage is measured in loved ones lost; in nations, it’s measured in potential lost."

Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, the United States provides treatment to more than 2 million people, counseling and testing for nearly 57 million, and care to more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children, said Secretary of State Clinton.

"President Obama and I are deeply committed to PEPFAR’s continued success. We will work through PEPFAR and with our global partners, to expand access to prevention, care, and treatment.

"The next few years will be an exciting opportunity to continue and expand our nation’s work," said Secretary of State Clinton. "And I can’t think of a better person to lead that effort than Eric Goosby."

Source: http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/a-41-2009-10-02-voa2-84658042.html

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