Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Obama Expected to Ask Pro-Abstinence-Only AIDS Coordinator to Stay On
RH Reality Check: Obama to Keep Abstinence-Only AIDS Coordinator, by Jodi Jacobson:
Confirming month-old rumors, a high-level source reported last night that President-Elect Obama's transition team has asked Ambassador Mark Dybul to remain in place as Global AIDS Coordinator, despite strong opposition by treatment access, HIV prevention, and women's rights advocates across the global HIV and AIDS community, many of whom signed letters calling for a change in PEPFAR leadership at this crucial time. While keeping Dybul on may be a stopgap measure for a new Administration dealing with huge problems across the board, it is a decision that signals we may not be getting "the change we need" in global AIDS policies.
Dybul, a medical doctor, is strongly associated with the failed policies of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), including those that flout both evidence and human rights, and that neglect the role of stigma, discrimination and gender equity in the spread of HIV.
I'm sorry, but the only thing I can say to this is a decidedly unacademic WTF?!
Posted by: David S. Cohen | Jan 14, 2009 7:31:05 PM