Person of the Week: Eric Goosby

The top U.S. AIDS ambassador, Eric Goosby, oversees the activities of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the country’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Prior to this role, Goosby used his 25 years of international experience in scaling-up sustainable HIV/AIDS treatment capacity, clinical mentoring and designing local models of care for HIV/AIDS, among others. He has contributed significantly to HIV/AIDS national treatment plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and the Ukraine.

Since he was appointed the U.S. global AIDS coordinator in 2009, he has prioritized HIV prevention, strong country partnerships, and country ownership and coordination of HIV/AIDS initiatives. Now that the U.S. AIDS program is under intense scrutiny from the international community because of the significant decrease in funding, Goosby has declared that the U.S. is not backing away from its commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS.

“I think it has been frustrating to be presented as a non-contributor. The administration and the president have been hurt by the characterization that the U.S. has not stepped up to the plate and taken this commitment seriously in all arenas,” Goosby said

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.