Quarter 2 2019 Congressional Leaders, Experts Shine a Light on CDC’s Critical Role in Ending Global HIV and TB
Congressional Leaders, Experts Shine a Light on CDC’s Critical Role in Ending Global HIV and TB
On Wednesday May 15th, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), joined the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), UNAIDS, and RESULTS to host a panel discussion on Capitol Hill, highlighting the impact of CDC’s global HIV and TB efforts as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The event–“CDC’s Critical Role in Ending Global HIV and TB”–brought together leaders and experts in HIV and TB to discuss emerging issues confronting the global response and CDC’s unique role in transforming these epidemics. Speakers included Dr. Angelii Achrekar, Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Dr. Hank Tomlinson, Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB, Charles Lyons, CEO/President of EGPAF, Regan Hofmann, Acting Director of UNAIDS, and Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS. The event also included a CDC exhibit by renowned photographer Thom Pierce, showcasing images and stories from the frontlines of CDC’s global response–at the epicenter of these epidemics. Read the full story here >>
The Government of Nigeria, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB, and the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine released new data from the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), one of the largest population-based HIV/AIDS household surveys ever conducted. NAIIS measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression. According to the survey’s results, the HIV prevalence in Nigeria was lower than previously thought.
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Despite being preventable and curable, TB is the world’s top infectious disease killer, claiming 1.6 million lives of the 10 million people who became ill with TB disease in 2017. TB is an airborne disease that respects no borders, making the CDC Global TB program integral to ending TB abroad and at home. CDC is on the frontlines in more than 25 countries sustaining country-led efforts and driving progress against this deadly epidemic. As a result, we are making a safer America and a safer world.
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CDC experts are working with partners around the world to develop innovative approaches to find, cure, and prevent TB. In this episode of “Experts in Action”, CDC’s Dr. Sarita Shah recounts how the agency works with Ministries of Health in more than 25 countries to translate evidence into policy and practice to end the global TB epidemic. Dr. Shah is just one of the many CDC experts devoted to the prevention and treatment of TB and HIV in more than 45 countries and regions.
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CDC offers a range of compelling and easily-downloadable resources you can use on your platforms to highlight the urgency and impact of fighting HIV and TB around the world. This quarter, we are excited to share with you a new social media toolkit celebrating those at the forefront of the global response against these deadly diseases and our shared progress. Feel free to share broadly with your networks!