The Center for Global Health Policy & the HIV Medicine Association teamed up last week for a series of advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill, drawing attention to the domestic and global fight against HIV/AIDS.
The meetings—featuring top HIV/AIDS doctors and researchers—come at a critical moment, with Congress set to make vital funding decisions about HIV/AIDS programs in the coming weeks.
In one session, Drs. Kenneth Mayer, of Brown University; Carol Dukes Hamilton, of Family Health International; and Daniel Kuritzkes, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, talked with Shannon Smith, a top aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the lead Senate staffer in last year’s reauthorization of PEPFAR (all pictured below). The doctors stressed the importance of not slowing down the response to the global AIDS epidemic, despite the tough economic climate.
In a second session, Dr. Sharon Nachman met with Jordan Baugh, a legislative assistant to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Dr. Nachman made a very strong case for robust funding for bilateral TB programs, and Baugh seemed engaged and interested in her argument.
In all, the Global Center and HIVMA participated in more than two dozen such sessions with key House and Senate staffers. The meetings were done in coordination with the HIVMA board meeting, held in Washington on Friday, June 5.
The Global Center and HIVMA staff will be following the funding decisions in Congress closely; check back for updates on this and other key legislative action on HIV/AIDS & TB-related issues.