"Dr. Eric Goosby brings a wealth of experience to this critical role," said Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. "The Alliance has been proud to be part of the success of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and we look forward to engaging and collaborating with Dr. Goosby and his team on the future development of their priorities and technical strategies.
"The Alliance, with the support of the US government, has been at the forefront of implementing evidence-based programming with most-at-risk populations. It is crucial that President Obama ensures that Dr. Goosby has the full support of the Administration in order to continue to provide this leadership through the US global AIDS programme.
“As Dr Goosby takes office we will urge him to put even greater emphasis on the need to invest in building the capacity of local community based organisations in order to provide a firm foundation for programme sustainability.”
PEPFAR was the result of the US government’s groundbreaking 2003 pledge to commit $15 billion over five years to combating HIV and AIDS around the world. The renewed initiative has been authorized up to $48 billion. It aims to support antiretroviral treatment for at least 3 million people and prevent 12 million HIV infections by 2013.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has, since 1996, received well over $100 million from the US government to support community action on HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Last year, 2.3 million people were provided with HIV-related services through Alliance supported programmes (a 75% increase on 2007).