MFAN and Plan Host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Birx to Discuss PEPFAR’s Sustainability Agenda

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2016 – On Thursday, January 21st, MFAN and Plan International USA will host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx for a keynote address, followed by a panel of development experts for a discussion of The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Sustainability Agenda.

The event will be held from 2:00 – 3:30 in The Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor). Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children and MFAN Co-Chair, will introduce Ambassador Birx, and Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, President and CEO of Rabin Martin, will moderate the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Janis Timberlake, Director of Sustainability and Development, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
  • Tessie San Martin, President & CEO, Plan International USA
  • Amanda Glassman, Vice President for Programs and Director of Global Health Policy, Center for Global Development
  • Jennifer Kates, Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

PEPFAR, the U.S. government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world, is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease internationally. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations to make smart investments to save lives.

The program is now in Phase 3 (2013-present) and is focused on transparency and accountability for impact, as well as accelerating core interventions for sustainable epidemic control. PEPFAR is investing resources strategically and geographically to reach populations at greatest risk with evidence-based programs. PEPFAR’s Sustainability Action Agenda, launched in 2015 as part of Phase 3, recognizes that many countries are in a position to take on greater responsibilities for increased financing, management, and implementation of key lifesaving programs.

MFAN and Plan believe that accountability and local ownership are vital prerequisites to enable leaders and citizens in developing countries to take responsibility for their own development. We have been pleased to see PEPFAR prioritize the Sustainability Action Agenda as part of Phase 3, recognizing that many countries are now in a position to assume greater responsibility of financing, managing, and implementing programs to combat HIV/AIDS.

At Thursday’s discussion, we will welcome experts from leading international development organizations and PEPFAR representatives to discuss PEPFAR’s shift toward sustainability, how this connects to country transitions, and what lessons have been learned.

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Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., is the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Ambassador Birx is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, as well as all U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, she aligns the U.S. Government’s diplomacy with foreign assistance programs that address global health challenges and accelerate progress toward: achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.

About MFAN

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is a reform coalition composed of international development and foreign policy practitioners, policy advocates and experts. MFAN was created to build upon the bipartisan consensus that has emerged over the last decade that the U.S. should play a leadership role in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty and suffering around the world, and that we can play this role more effectively, efficiently, and transparently.

MFAN is dedicated to working with the Administration, Congress, and the development community to advance a reform agenda that will make U.S. development assistance and policy work harder for the American people and for people in developing countries. We believe that successful reforms will maximize the impact of our assistance, and will help to ensure support in the future among policymakers and the American people for the resources necessary to maintain development as a pillar of U.S. engagement.

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About Plan International USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty.  Everything Plan does  – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time.

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