MSH Applauds Nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx as new Global AIDS Coordinator

{Photo credit: CDC}Dr. Deborah BirxPhoto credit: CDC

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) welcomes yesterday's nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx as the next United States Global AIDS Coordinator. Dr. Birx, a renowned national and international expert in the field of HIV & AIDS, brings tremendous experience and expertise to this position. Beginning her career in 1985 as a trained clinician, she has focused on HIV & AIDS vaccine research, published over 220 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, authored nearly a dozen chapters in scientific publications, as well as developed and patented vaccines. Dr. Birx will be the first woman to serve as the US Global AIDS Coordinator, where she will direct US strategy for addressing HIV around the world and lead the implementation of the 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 Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO of MSH. “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.”