Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, held a conversation with Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The discussion was moderated by Philip (P.J.) Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs. Members of the public had the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which were selected for response during the live broadcast. Transpcript» Video» DipNote Blog: Submitted Questions»
The Global Health Council is the world's largest alliance of organizations working in global health, with almost 600 organizational members and 5,400 individual members in more than 100 countries. It is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization created in 1972 to identify global health problems and report on them to the U.S. public, legislators, international and U.S. government agencies, academic institutions and the global health community. The Council advocates for more resources and better policy for global health programs, both in the U.S. and globally, and represents and supports our members to do the same. The Council's diverse membership is comprised of health professionals and organizations that include non-governmental organizations, corporations, academic institutions, foundations, faith-based organizations and government agencies. For more information on the Council, go to www.globalhealth.org.
Launched in 2003, PEPFAR holds a place in history as the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease. The human impact of America's investments has been profound. Through PEPFAR, the United States has directly supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.5 million people, and care for more than 11 million people with care and support programs, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children. PEPFAR's efforts around prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs have allowed nearly 340,000 babies of HIV-positive mothers to be born HIV-free. PEPFAR is the cornerstone and largest component of the President's Global Health Initiative, which supports partner countries in improving health outcomes through strengthened health systems.
This is the fifth in the new Conversations With America video series launched in April 2010 by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership holds periodic conversations live online with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues. These forums provide views of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.