Senate Confirms Dr. Deborah Birx as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2014 — Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria issued the following statement from its president, Deborah Derrick, on the Senate confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. In her new role, Dr. Birx will lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and will oversee the U.S. relationship with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“At a moment when an AIDS-free generation is within our sights for the first time in history, I could not be more pleased about Dr. Birx’s confirmation. She is the epitome of a global health leader, having spent her professional life working to change the trajectory of the disease around the world.

PEPFAR and the Global Fund account for nearly 80 percent of international HIV/AIDS assistance and work hand-in-hand to provide treatment to the world’s highest-burdened and lowest-resourced countries. I applaud President Obama’s choice of Dr. Birx for Global AIDS Coordinator and look forward to working with her in her new role as we build on the significant progress made to date toward an AIDS-free generation.”

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.

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