What They’re Saying: Ambassador Deborah Birx as the New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

On April 4, 2014, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, MD was offically sworn in as the new Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Actitivies to Combat HIV/AIDS. Following PEPFAR's press release, organizations and individuals from around the world announced their support.

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  1. Here’s what some #AIDSFreeGen supporters said:
  2. Center for Global Health Policy’s Scientific Advisory Committee

    “Her focus, determination and dedication to research and to bringing evidence-based answers to the people who need them most will be valuable assets during this challenging time. Her advocacy for adequate and appropriate resources will be vital to the continued success of United States efforts to combat AIDS worldwide.” --Dr. Ken Mayer, Co-Chair 

  3. “We at AVAC are extremely excited that President Obama nominated and the Senate unanimously confirmed such an innovative and visionary person to lead this global effort. We are at a critical juncture in the global fight against AIDS, and Dr. Birx is the ideal leader for the work that lies ahead. Dr. Birx’s sterling career in both HIV prevention research and service delivery has always been characterized by passionate commitment to ambitious, innovative responses to the epidemic.” --Mitchell Warren, Executive Director
  4. "Dr. Birx is a proven leader who can guide PEPFAR through its next critical phase. As a renowned national and international expert in the field of HIV and AIDS, Dr. Birx understands the important issues that PEPFAR must address as it works with partner countries to transition their own HIV responses into sustainable country-owned programs. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Birx to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we're grateful for Ambassador Goosby's leadership and service.”  --Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator
  5. “Ambassador Birx is widely recognized for her passion and commitment to the AIDS response and has already made a huge impact during her sterling career. PEPFAR is a key partner of UNAIDS and I am confident that under Ambassador Birx’s visionary leadership PEPFAR will continue its extraordinary success in preventing new HIV infections and expanding access to treatment.”  --Michel Sidibé, Executive Director
  6. Cardin Senate Office

    “Dr. Deborah Birx is a distinguished retroviral expert with extensive academic and hands on experience and one of the most well-qualified nominees that has ever come before the U.S. Senate for confirmation. I am confident that she will help maintain America’s leadership on the front lines of the global quest to eradicate HIV/AIDS and will help move us closer toward the promise of an AIDS-free generation. Dr. Birx is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS research who has dedicated her life's work to public service and we are proud that she calls Maryland her home.”

    --Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

  7. “Her advocacy for the growth and scale-up of PEPFAR’s programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV has been invaluable – today PEPFAR has averted more than 1 million pediatric HIV infections. Her vast experience, including her most recent position as director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, makes her well-suited to take on this new role.  Dr. Birx has been a long-time friend and ally of EGPAF and I look forward to working with her more as we continue our mission to achieve an AIDS-free generation.”  --Charles Lyons, President and CEO
  8. “At a moment when an AIDS-free generation is within our sights for the first time in history, I could not be more pleased about Dr. Birx’s confirmation. She is the epitome of a global health leader, having spent her professional life working to change the trajectory of the disease around the world.  PEPFAR and the Global Fund account for nearly 80 percent of international HIV/AIDS assistance and work hand-in-hand to provide treatment to the world’s highest-burdened and lowest-resourced countries. I applaud President Obama’s choice of Dr. Birx for Global AIDS Coordinator and look forward to working with her in her new role as we build on the significant progress made to date toward an AIDS-free generation.” --Deborah Derrick, President