For anyone interested in the fight against global AIDS, today is potentially pivotal. This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Dr. Eric Goosby’s nomination to be U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
A full Senate vote confirming Goosby cannot come too soon; with Congress set to make funding decisions in the coming weeks, HIV/AIDS experts need a stronger voice within the administration to fight for a robust PEPFAR budget. They also need someone who can help counter arguments that PEPFAR should be set aside in favor of a new focus on health system strengthening, a proposal that seriously overlooks PEPFAR’s success in building lab capacity, training new health workers, and shoring up drug supply infrastructure across the developing world.
Tune in here later today for an update about how the hearing went and whether any of these issues recieved a significant airing.