Ambassador Goosby to Head New Global Health Office

Since the early 2000s, the U.S. government has been focused on creating new strategies to battle against HIV/AIDS and other devastating infectious diseases worldwide. In 2003, President George W. Bush introduced the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which focused primarily on HIV/AIDS through providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) to millions of people in resource-poor environments. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton introduced the PEPFAR “Blueprint,” a roadmap for the U.S. government and its public and private partners for creating an AIDS-free generation by focusing on the needs of women and girls and rapidly scaling-up HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services.

This past Friday, the U.S. State Department announced that U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby will head a new office – the Office of Global Health Diplomacy. The office will focus on promoting and implementing the goals of PEPFAR and working with partner nations, donors, and other stakeholders through diplomatic channels. The goal of the office is to manage and combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic on a country-wide level and built support and capacity for each country to ensure that they can respond to global health challenges.

Ambassador Goosby will still manage PEPFAR, which has a new goal of eliminating new infections among children by 2015.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.