In his 2010 budget, President Obama failed to deliver on his commitment to end the ban on federal funding of needle exchange services---an action he promised to take before and after the election and one that would help protect the health and save the lives of tens of thousands of injection drug users---in the US and around the world.
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.