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Alliance appoints new US Director


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Jason Taylor Wright, former USAID Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) Multilateral Team Leader and USAID Liaison to the Global Fund and UNAIDS, will take up his new role as Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance USA later this month.

In his previous role, Mr. Wright served as USAID member of the US Government Delegations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria Board and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).  He was also responsible for obligating all US Government contributions to the Global Fund and UNAIDS.

On this appointment, Mr. Wright said: 'I have always had great admiration for the mission, vision and values of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.  I look forward to sharing my 15 years of experience working on global HIV/AIDS and health at USAID and before that the US Department of Health and Human Services with the wider Alliance partnership, helping Alliance partners to achieve shared goals.'

Awo Ablo, Director of External Relations at the Alliance said: ‘Collectively, the US Government and US-based foundations have an enormous impact on HIV/AIDS programmes in developing and transitional countries. We are looking forward to welcoming Jason to the Alliance and to working with him to ensure that what we do is well understood and, more importantly, supported by US stakeholders.'

'We will continue to support and promote an evidence-based response to the HIV pandemic. We know communities have and can have a significant role. In these challenging times, we welcome the recognition given to the focus on key populations and community mobilisation in studies such as the recently published Investment Framework. We urge governments to show continued global leadership on HIV and work with other stakeholders to support the implementation of this framework and finally halt HIV.'

The Alliance US office

The Alliance US office was established in 2003, a strategic satellite of the International Secretariat in the U.K. The role of the office is to forge partnerships with US-based organisations working on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and TB internationally; facilitate joint programming with other US agencies; share lessons learned and good practice approaches with US stakeholders; and participate in US-based advocacy to increase the impact of HIV/AIDS programmes.

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