This week's Senate confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a key opportunity to press the Administration on its plans to end the US ban on the entry of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Next week, PHR members from all across the country will be meeting with their Member of Congress district offices and asking them to stop AIDS now! We have scheduled meetings in 25 states with 63 Members of Congress from Boston, MA to Honolulu, HI.
Wrapping up a week of Congressional meetings and public engagements, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi and PHR staff met with Gayle Smith, senior global health advisor to President Obama at the National Security Council, and Jeff Crowley, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. Dr Mugyenyi laid out PEPFAR's tremendous contributions in sub-Saharan Africa and the need for increased resources on the ground.
Health Action AIDS Campaign Advisor and Medical Director of Partners In Health, Joia Mukherjee, has a hard-hitting op-ed in today's Boston Globe. Dr. Mukherjee focuses on the importance of fulfilling the Obama Administration and Congressional commitments to combat global diseases.
At the State of the Union address in 2003, President Bush made an announcement that changed the course the global AIDS. As the first non-American to attend the State of the Union of the guest of the First Lady, Uganda AIDS pioneer Dr. Peter Mugenyi, who will join PHR in DC this month, heard Bush lay down a mandate for the US---and a vision of hope for his country.