New York Times (12.15.12)
The head of the Obama administration’s global AIDS organization, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Ambassador Eric Goosby, has been named to lead a new Office of Global Health Diplomacy. According to the State Department, the announcement was made on December 14. The ambassador’s new role was welcomed by some advocacy groups and U.N.AIDS. Policy chief for AmFAR, Chris Collins, commented that high-level diplomacy was instrumental for getting countries to invest more on their epidemics and for encouraging them to stop ignoring politically unpopular victims like gay men, drug users, and prostitutes.