Quarter 4 2019 Message from the CDC Director: Ending the HIV Epidemic — Community by Community
Message from the CDC Director: Ending the HIV Epidemic — Community by Community
In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield called on the global public health community to recommit to eliminate HIV in America and around the world. “Ending the HIV epidemic is not aspirational; it is doable,” said Dr. Redfield in a Dear Colleague Letter to key U.S. and global health stakeholders. “Science has provided us with the tools. Together, we can complete this mission.”
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The Government of Rwanda, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, CDC and ICAP at Columbia University released new data from the Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment that demonstrate Rwanda’s remarkable progress toward epidemic control — particularly in achieving high levels of linkage to treatment and viral load suppression among people living with HIV. The assessment is part of a global effort to measure the reach and impact of national HIV efforts using household-based surveys.
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While preventable and curable, TB remains the leading cause of death worldwide from an infectious disease. Last year, global leaders unanimously signed the Political Declaration on the Fight Against Tuberculosis, reaffirming their commitment to the ambitious END TB targets. One year later, CDC’s Center for Global Health Director Dr. Rebecca Martin describes in an Op-Ed in The Hill how CDC is responding to the global call for accountability and action to address these targets and end the TB epidemic.
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On October 10, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Deputy General Manager Greg Richardson, CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB Director Dr. Hank Tomlinson, and Atlanta’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Angelica Geter Fugerson hosted a press conference and tour to unveil Faces from the Frontlines — a photo and narrative exhibit on global HIV and TB efforts by CDC and photographer Thom Pierce — in the International Terminal of the world’s busiest airport.
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CDC offers a range of compelling, downloadable resources you can use on your own platforms to highlight the urgency and impact of fighting HIV and TB around the world. This quarter, we are excited to share with you CDC’s fact sheetspdf icon and infographicspdf icon highlighting the latest data on the burden of TB worldwide and the impact of global efforts to fight this disease. Share broadly with your networks!