Press Releases 2011
Ambassador Eric Goosby to launch National HIV/AIDS Foundation (July 2, 2011)
Kingston, Jamaica – On July 5 Eric Goosby, MD, Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator with the United States Department of State, will travel to Kingston, Jamaica to launch the Jamaica Business Council on HIV and AIDS National Foundation, and meet with key government and civil society partners involved in HIV/AIDS programs.
Ambassador Goosby leads all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts and oversees implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as the U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Ambassador Goosby has played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China, and Ukraine. He has extensive international experience in the development of treatment guidelines for use of antiretroviral therapies, clinical mentoring and training of health professionals, and the design and implementation of local models of care for HIV/AIDS, especially for high-risk populations.
Launch of Jamaica Business Council on HIV and AIDS (JaBCHA) Foundation on July 6
On July 6, Ambassador Goosby will deliver the keynote address at the launch of the JaBCHA Foundation, held in partnership with the National HIV/AIDS program. The Foundation is a private sector-driven initiative established to garner critical resources to sustain the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With PEPFAR program support, key business leaders and senior health sector stakeholders will gather at the launch to affirm their commitment to this national effort.
PEPFAR in Jamaica
In Jamaica, PEPFAR programs focus on building the capacity of local institutions in preventing the spread of the epidemic, and providing treatment and care to those affected. Key features of PEPFAR programs include: a reduction in stigma and discrimination and targeted interventions for vulnerable populations. PEPFAR programs are led by a cohort of U.S. Government agencies, namely, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense, Department of State, Health Resources & Services Administration, Peace Corps, and the United States Agency for International Development.