September 29, 2021 | Transparency & Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOMINATION OF DR. JOHN NKENGASONG TO LEAD PEPFAR IS GROUNDBREAKING FOR CRUCIAL POSITION THAT HAS BEEN EMPTY FAR TOO LONG

“President Biden’s nomination of Dr. John Nkengasong to serve as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator is a groundbreaking choice for a crucial position that has been empty for far too long. The stakes could not be higher in the fight against global AIDS. Dr. Nkengasong should reassert the role of directly impacted communities in shaping PEPFAR’s programs ensuring evidence from and priorities of people living with HIV, key populations, and affected communities are driving strategy through robust, real engagement at every step. 

“The scientific tools and policies needed to defeat AIDS exist. But a lack of political will and inadequate funding have thwarted deployment at scale, fueling deadly inequities in HIV treatment and prevention. Dr. Nkengasong will have to transform that reality.” 

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About Health GAP: Health GAP is an international advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all people living with HIV have access to affordable life-sustaining medicines. Our team pairs pragmatic policy work with audacious grassroots action to win equitable access to treatment, care and prevention for people living with and affected by HIV worldwide. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to universal access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic. We believe that the human right to life and to health must prevail over the pharmaceutical industry’s excessive profits and expanding patent rights.

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