AIDS 2010: Interviews from the XVIII International AIDS Conference

Managing editor of the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, Jill Braden Balderas, interviews global health leaders participating in AIDS 2010.

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on PEPFAR funding, country ownership of HIV programs and President Obama’s Global Health Initiative.

Brigitte Schmied, MD, on the Vienna Declaration and why the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is growing.

Suniti Solomon, MD, director of the Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) in Chennai, India, explains how integration of care helps fight stigma and why she’s not complaining about HIV funding.

Chris Collins, MPP, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR – the Foundation for AIDS Research, discusses U.S. funding for PEPFAR and research and how HIV programs have strengthened health systems in the developing world.

Laura Guay, MD, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation vice president of research, talks about the new momentum for eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and how her foundation’s work benefits maternal and child health.

Family Health International President of Research Ward Cates, MD, MPH, and CONRAD Executive Director Henry Gablenick, PhD, discuss the CAPRISA trial results showing an antiretroviral-based microbicide reduced the risk of HIV infection in women by 39%.

Lydia Mungherera, MD, an HIV-positive physician from Uganda who represents African NGOs on the UNAIDS board, talks about what a viable microbicide would mean for women and what she thinks is key for donor nations helping Africa.

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, special advisor to the White House on health care, talks about PEPFAR funding and how President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative seeks to foster country ownership of health programs and better coordination of care.

Gottfried Hirnschall, MD, MPH, director of the department of HIV/AIDS at WHO, discusses the links between the Millennium Development Goals and fighting HIV/AIDS as well as why he hopes this conference is “transparent.”

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