FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2014 — Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria applauds today’s White House nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator — a position charged with leading the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and overseeing the U.S. relationship with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest public health financier.
“Dr. Birx brings a wealth of scientific, leadership and implementation experience,” said Deborah Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, praising the nomination. “Friends looks forward to working with Dr. Birx and continuing strong Global Fund and PEPFAR collaboration under her stewardship.”
Launched with bipartisan support in 2003, PEPFAR is the largest single-country initiative in history to tackle one disease. The U.S. program and the Global Fund together provide the overwhelming majority of international AIDS relief. The two work hand-in-hand around the world, where, in collaboration with local partners, they have helped save millions of lives.
If confirmed, Dr. Birx will succeed Ambassador Eric Goosby, M.D., who served as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator between 2009 and 2013 and Deborah von Zinkernagel, who has been serving in an interim capacity as Coordinator since October.
Dr. Birx has spent three decades combating HIV/AIDS with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Defense. She is a trained clinician in immunology and a widely respected HIV/AIDS expert and currently serves as Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in the CDC’s Center for Global Health.
“The world has now reached a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Derrick. “I look forward to a speedy confirmation process for Dr. Birx and to continued joint efforts to contain and ultimately defeat this disease.”
FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.