CIDRZ Board of Directors Member, Dr Eric Goosby, appointed United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis

On 20 January 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr. Eric P. Goosby – a CIDRZ Board Member – as the United Nations Special Envoy on Tuberculosis. Dr Goosby also serves as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Special Envoy Goosby has over 30 years of experience with Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as a clinician, researcher, and policy maker. In addition, Dr Goosby has a long and accomplished career in key leadership roles driving new initiatives on local and global treatment of HIV and TB including:

  • Founding Director of HIV Services at the US Department of Health and Human Services, administering the Ryan White CARE Act;
  • Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office;
  • Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services – leading the development of HIV/AIDS delivery systems in the US and conceived of and founded the Department of Health and Human Services’ Guidelines for Antiretroviral Therapy;
  • Founding CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation assisting in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS and HIV-associated TB national treatment scale-up plans in many resource poor countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire, rural China, and the Ukraine;
  • Ambassador-at-Large and US Global AIDS Coordinator leading all US Government international HIV/AIDS efforts and overseeing implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) expanding its scope to more aggressively address TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment as part of HIV treatment and care, as well as to support coordination of HIV and TB programs;
  • US Board Member to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;
  • Founder of the Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy to apply scientific methods to the design and implementation of local health systems.

Upon learning of the appointment Dr Goosby said, “I am honored and I look forward to working closely with the UN Secretary General, the Global Tuberculosis Programme at the World Health Organization, and key stakeholders to raise awareness of the great need for expanded care and treatment for those affected by TB.  I will aim to support strengthening exercises in those countries most heavily impacted by tuberculosis in order to dramatically decrease the 1.5 million TB-related deaths occurring annually.”

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