On Tuesday, June 9, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held confirmation hearings for Dr. Eric Goosby to serve as Ambassador at Large and US Global AIDS Coordinator. That same day, nearly 6,000 people living with HIV around the world died---as they do every day---due to a lack of access to life-saving treatments.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today honored Justice Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with the MacArthur Award for International Justice. The Award was presented at a dinner held in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, which is home to more than 150 international legal organizations and judicial tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
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."