HIV medical experts Dan Kuritzkes, MD, Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, and Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, highlighted the impact and ongoing importance of U.S. investment in global health and encouraged Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to work to ensure that global health programs remain a U.S. priority in a meeting on Monday in the senator’s Boston office. All three of the physicians are associated with Harvard Medical School – Drs. Kuritzkes and Walensky are prominent HIV researchers, and Dr. Mukherjee serves as the medical director for the Boston-based Partners in Health.
As a demonstration of a broad commitment to global health by Massachusetts-based health professionals, the physicians presented the senator with a letter urging him to “support sustained and increased funding for life-saving, cost-effective global health programs,” which was signed by 127 medical, nursing and public health professionals in the state.
Brown acknowledged the value of these programs but made it clear that federal deficit reduction measures were paramount and that global health programs were likely to sustain funding cuts as the fiscal year 2012 budget process moves forward. He also noted that he had had the opportunity to meet with Bono and volunteers from the One Campaign, who also stressed the importance of global health programs.