The following U.S. government agencies and Administration officials released statements commemorating World AIDS Day:
President Barack Obama:
In a video message delivered at the opening of a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, President Obama summarized the actions taken by his Administration, both domestically and globally, to address HIV/AIDS and called for a recommitment “to building on the tremendous progress we’ve made both in preventing and treating the disease and ending the stigma and discrimination that too often surround it.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
Secretary Clinton highlighted recent actions by the Administration that contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS including, among other things, efforts to address AIDS a central component of the GHI, the multi-year commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the efforts through PEPFAR to make “smart investments”.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
In a statement and during remarks provided at a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary Sebelius highlighted actions by the Administration responding to the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and summarized recent advances in scientific research.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah:
Administrator Shah released a statement highlighting recent research efforts focused on HIV prevention and stated that “our goal is to provide proven safe and effective HIV prevention products to the most vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.”
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby:
In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Saving Lives Through Smart Investments”, Ambassador Goosby, in response to questions regarding the Administrationâ€™s ability to maintain its commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS during challenging economic times, stated that â€œthrough a range of actions, the Obama Administration is demonstrating that the U.S. commitment remains firm.â€ Ambassador Goosby proceeded to summarize and provide examples of the actions being taken.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice:
Ambassador Rice released a statement highlighting the results of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and summarizing how President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) will build on the efforts of PEPFAR to address the impacts of HIV.
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
A statement from the NIH titled “Building on Success: Step by Step, Researchers Gaining Ground on HIV/AIDS” highlighted past and ongoing research efforts at the agency to address the disease. The statement included comments from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
The Peace Corps released a statement highlighting the role that its volunteers have played to address the impacts of the disease.