On Tuesday, July 31, Michael Feldman, Director of Interdepartmental Coordination, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), spoke on “U.S. Leadership in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS,” as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Policy Classroom. Mr. Feldman’s remarks highlighted the worldwide success of the PEPFAR program in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, while increasing access to treatment. Additionally, his remarks also included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vision of working towards an AIDS-free generation where virtually no children are born with the virus, and where all teenagers and adults have access to treatment that prevents them from developing the virus and spreading it to others. In conclusion, Mr. Feldman noted that while there is still a lot of work to do on this issue, the progress and advancements made in combating HIV/AIDS has shown the path forward to achieving the objectives of the PEPFAR program and realizing the goal of having an AIDS-free generation.
Approximately 90 students were in attendance, coming from 24 colleges and universities from around the United States, as well as from several different high schools. Jon Tollestrup, a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Public Affairs, delivered welcoming remarks, as well as introducing Mr. Feldman. During the Q&A portion of the program, Mr. Feldman was joined onstage by his colleague, Kate Glantz, a Public Affairs Officer in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. This program took place in the U.S. Department of State’s East Auditorium, located in the George C. Marshall Conference Center.