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Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to appreciate how many lives have been changed by the program, we rarely focus on the frontline health workers responsible for testing and treating the millions of PEPFAR beneficiaries the U.S. so proudly supports,” Mandy Folse, director of Frontline Health Workers Coalition, writes in the group’s blog. “…As PEPFAR transitions from an emergency program to coordinated country-led responses, I look forward to hearing from Dr. Birx about PEPFAR’s plans to help countries build the health workforce we need to achieve an AIDS-free generation” (3/6). In a post on the ONE Blog, Global Health Policy Director Erin Hohlfelder offers “six key questions about the U.S.’ global AIDS efforts that we hope will be asked — and answered — today at Dr. Deborah Birx’s hearing…” (3/6).