The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog, Science Speaks, featured interviews this month with key staff members in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), which is responsible for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.
- Caroline Ryan, MD, MPH: As director of technical leadership, Dr. Ryan has been a long-time key architect of PEPFAR’s implementation. She spoke about how she became involved and why she has stayed for seven years.
- Charles B. Holmes, MD, MPH: As chief medical officer and director of research and science, Dr. Holmes is responsible for providing technical and programmatic leadership on issues related to HIV care, treatment, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. He discussed his various roles, what steps have been taken so far to end new pediatric HIV infections, and how the HPTN 052 trial results are changing priorities at PEPFAR.
- Winnie Roberts, PhD: A trained ecologist, Dr. Roberts serves as director of multilateral diplomacy managing OGAC’s engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. Dr. Roberts spoke about what motivated her to join OGAC, how PEPFAR is working with the Global Fund to coordinate services, and what is ahead for both organizations.
- Bill Coggin: As senior technical officer and co-chair of the interagency TB/HIV technical working group, Coggin works on PEPFAR’s annual TB/HIV guidance and technical considerations for the field. Coggin detailed HIV/TB program funding priorities, and how PEPFAR continues to squeeze the most out of every dollar it spends.
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