In the past 2+ years that I have been Director of the Health Action AIDS campaign, I've been so inspired by the commitment of our health professional advocates to fighting the AIDS epidemic and promoting US global AIDS policy based on sound science and human rights. As our political environment, our global economy and our understanding of the AIDS epidemic develops with time, Health Action AIDS advocacy has always been on the forefront of shaping global health policy.
PHR's senior global health policy adviser, Eric Friedman had a powerful letter in yesterday's New York Times about President Obama's FY10 budget announcement last week:"President Obama plans to backtrack from a campaign pledge on significantly increased global AIDS financing."
Mobilizing health professionals has given us the distinct honor to work with some of the greatest nursing voices in the country. Nurses play a critical role in our Health Action AIDS campaign.
On Monday President Obama announced his intent to nominate Eric Goosby, MD, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation as the US Global AIDS Coordinator.
Members of PHR's Health Action AIDS team and I returned from Miami last week after organizing a global health house party with US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The room was packed with HIV/AIDS and harm reduction experts, health professionals, students, people living with HIV and community leaders on US needle exchange policy and its impact on the spread of global HIV/AIDS