Congratulations, Dr. Deborah Birx

Congratulations, Dr. Deborah Birx

{Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).}Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Yesterday, January 9, President Obama nominated Dr. Deborah Birx as the next United States Global AIDS Coordinator -- a move MSH celebrates with others in the global AIDS and global health communities.

Dr. Birx, a renowned national and international expert in the field of HIV & AIDS, would lead the US strategy for addressing HIV globally and implementation of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“MSH looks forward to working with Dr. Birx and hopes to see continued progress in the US fight against AIDS,” said our President and CEO, Dr. Jonathan D. Quick.

As proud supporters of PEPFAR, we are eager for strong US leadership in the global movement to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

We are particularly eager to see increased PEPFAR momentum in the areas of health systems strengthening, health workforce training and retention, and the effective management of country ownership transitions—as these areas will impact the long-term sustainability of AIDS programs.

If confirmed by the Senate Dr. Birx would be the first woman to hold the post.

Read our full statement here

Editor's note: Join MSH, AVAC (Global Advocacy for AIDS Prevention), The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), and the global AIDS community in applauding Birx's nomination: Add your congratulations in the comments below.