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Are Obama Administration Policies Undermining Global AIDS and Health Responses?
Date:9/17/2009

Alarming comments by new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, may offer clues

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Later today, Ambassador Eric Goosby will be sworn in as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. "While we welcome Ambassador Goosby to his new post, and look forward to working with him on a broad range of issues that affect the health and well-being of the world's vulnerable populations, there are a number of as-yet unanswered questions about the true commitment of the Obama Administration to global AIDS and health, including PEPFAR [President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief]," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, GAA executive director.

"Ambassador Goosby's appointment comes at a critical time, when President Obama's own commitment to global AIDS and health is in doubt," said Zeitz. "Indeed, recent alarming comments by Ambassador Goosby are causing advocates to question the direction and commitment to global AIDS and health that will be included in the President's new Global Health Initiative, which we expect to be announced in October," Zeitz continued.

For example, in an interview with the Inter Press Service News Agency in Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 12, 2009 {http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48425}, Ambassador Goosby seemed to signal that the U.S. government is backing off of its commitment to universal access to lifesaving antiretroviral medications or ARVs in southern Africa. Ambassador Goosby said that "the resources that are required to respond to the large number of individuals who need to be put on ARVs by 2015 will not be met." The year 2015 is a longstanding global target for universal access to ARVs and prevention programs.

AIDS and global health advocates in Africa and elsewhere are troubled by what they see happ
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