Author Archives: Staff Writer

On the sidelines: Lisa Fitzpatrick on fighting AIDS in America

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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is medical director of the Infectious Diseases Care Center at United Medical Center in Washington,D.C., and now  has about 100 HIV-positive patients. From 2005 to 2007, she also was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief of party for the Caribbean. She spoke at several events in and around the conference, […]

On the sidelines: USAID’s Rajiv Shah on GHI and AIDS

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Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a central player in the US government’s AIDS fight. His agency, more than any other in the US government, guides aid programs in the developing world, working in 80 missions. But USAID also suffered a blow early this month when […]

On the sidelines: Bill Frist on bipartisanship

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and a practicing physician, doesn’t return much to Washington. But he came for three days of the International AIDS Conference to talk about the importance of winning bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Frist, along with Senators John Kerry and Jesse Helms, […]

Global Fund Board responds to Independent Review Panel reform recommendations

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The following guest blog post is by David Bryden, the Stop TB Advocacy Officer at RESULTS. The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved an action plan Monday in response to recommendations made recently by the High-Level Independent Review Panel on Fiduciary Controls and Oversight Mechanism (HLP).  The board stated […]

An Interview with Caroline Ryan

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The first in a series of interviews with staff members of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, responsible for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  program, Science Speaks sat down with Caroline Ryan, MD, MPH.  As Director of Technical Leadership at OGAC, Dr. Ryan has been a long-time key architect of PEPFAR’s implementation, first […]

Peace Corps’ Buck Buckingham: AIDS at 30

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Warren W. Buckingham III – best known as Buck – is director of the Office of AIDS Relief at the Peace Corps. In his career he has played critical roles in fighting AIDS domestically and globally. Most recently he had a major impact as the Kenya country coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program for six years, overseeing a budget that grew from $30 million in 2003 to nearly $600 million today. He began his work in AIDS some 26 years ago in writing a proposal that secured funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish the AIDS Arms Network in Dallas, Texas, one of the first domestic demonstration projects for enhanced care of people living with AIDS in the U.S. (These grants are largely viewed as having provided the foundation for the Ryan White CARE Act, and Buck worked for a period of time in the early 90s at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration in the Ryan White Program). Soon after Buck started on that project, he was diagnosed with HIV. For years, he has spoken publicly about living with the disease, helping to erase stigma and shame both in America and Africa. John Donnelly interviewed Buckingham for the final interview in a Science Speaks series on 30 years of AIDS.

Dybul on PEPFAR: ‘The sky was the limit’

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Ambassador Mark R. Dybul co-directs the Global Health Law Program at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where he is also a Distinguished Scholar. He is the inaugural Global Health Fellow of the George W. Bush Institute. Dybul served as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator from 2006 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. In that role, he led the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest international health initiative in history for a single disease. Prior to assuming the post of ambassador, he was acting, deputy and assistant coordinator, and was a member of the Planning Task Force that created PEPFAR. Dybul also led President Bush’s International Prevention of Mother and Child HIV initiative for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dybul spoke with John Donnelly about the start of PEPFAR and some of the most memorable moments directing it, continuing Science Speaks’ series on 30 years of AIDS.