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Birx Reiterates U.S. Government Efforts To Focus HIV/AIDS Spending On High-Burden Areas In NIH Lecture

NIH Fogarty International Center’s “Global Health Matters”: Global coordinator pushes for stronger, more focused anti-HIV efforts
Cathy Kristiansen, editor and writer with the NIH Fogarty International Center, summarizes comments made by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx “during an NIH lecture honoring Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, who founded the one-room lab in 1887 that has evolved into 27 Institutes and Centers now comprising the agency. “It’s important, she suggested, to focus on the ‘right things, right places, right now.’ This means urgently directing resources to areas with the highest burden and scaling up interventions in a strategic and targeted way, along with collecting data to evaluate if efforts are working as intended, she said. ‘We’re spending our time focusing, focusing, focusing on the results we’re expecting to achieve and ensuring that all of our results predict those outcomes and are in alignment’…” (January/February 2016).