Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick on Departing Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C., November 1, 2013 — This week marked the end of Ambassador Eric Goosby’s tenure as Global AIDS Coordinator. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria offers not only our best wishes to the Ambassador as he transitions out of his role, but also our sincere appreciation for his ongoing lifesaving efforts — and close partnership with multilateral organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — during his tenure.

In the four years that he has overseen the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — as well as the U.S. government’s engagement with the Global Fund — Ambassador Goosby has been a leading force in helping to rein in the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. In addition, his leadership in the Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State has been instrumental in advancing the United States’ global health goals.

With more than 25 years of experience in fighting HIV/AIDS, Ambassador Goosby has had a positive impact in the fight against the disease; from his tenure on the front lines at San Francisco General Hospital during the epidemic’s earliest days through his most recent role, helping to develop treatment scale-up plans across the globe. Today, I congratulate him on his many successes both here in the United States and throughout the world.

Ambassador Goosby has also been critical to fostering coordination between PEPFAR and the Global Fund, which, together, account for more than 90 percent of donor funding for HIV control in the world’s highest-burden and lowest-resourced countries. His legacy has, and will continue to have, a remarkable impact on millions of lives.

We are now at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The confluence of scientific advancement, epidemiological intelligence and implementation experience offer the opportunity to end this pandemic as a public health threat. Friends looks forward to continued, strong collaboration between the Global Fund and PEPFAR as, together, we work 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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