Julia C. Martin serves as the Senior Health Advisor and PEPFAR Representative to the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. Working on behalf of the U.S. government within the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Martin represents the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in program and policy level collaborations with the Global Fund, in pursuit of enhancing the quality and impact of health programs in countries where PEPFAR and the Global Fund are present.
Having joined PEPFAR in 2010, Martin is a member of the senior PEPFAR team and the co-chair of the Global Fund Board Strategy Committee. Prior to relocating to Geneva, Martin held positions of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Coordinator for Program Quality in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy.
With over 20 years specializing in HIV/AIDS and public health, Martin brings leadership experience in program and research development in the context of multiple populations and countries. Working in the fields of both disease prevention and treatment, she has extensive experience in developing national policy, supporting operational research, and designing health care delivery systems in mid-level and developing economies.
Prior to joining the U.S. government, her work focused on injection drug using populations in China and Ukraine. She also lived in Uganda where she developed and coordinated clinical, prevention, and training programs for the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University in Kampala. There she established clinical and administrative systems for one of the first free antiretroviral treatment delivery programs in Africa.
Prior to that, Martin worked for Health Canada where she oversaw the management of national and international HIV prevention programs. She was responsible for policy development and positions on legislative HIV immigration policy, HIV testing, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. She was a core member of the development team for the first national Canadian HIV/AIDS strategy. Martin practiced clinical intensive care nursing in Canada and served as a primary care clinical manager in a rural hospital in Zambia.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto.