The Department of State’s U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Eric Goosby will present the 2011 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, an annual event cosponsored by NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center, on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on the NIH campus.
His lecture, titled, “PEPFAR: Moving from Science to Program to Save Lives,” will highlight the work done through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program launched eight years ago that Goosby currently oversees as ambassador.
Just last year, PEPFAR joined NIH and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to partner in a five-year, $130 million plan to improve training for researchers and health care workers, in short supply across sub-Saharan Africa. The effort, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), is administered by Fogarty and HRSA with funding from PEPFAR, the NIH Common Fund and 17 Institutes and Centers. MEPI participants in a dozen countries are forming a network to leverage resources and share information. The initiative’s goal is to increase expertise not only in HIV/AIDS, but also in chronic, non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, which are growing concerns in the region.
Ambassador Goosby also manages the federal government’s participation in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and serves on the operations committee that leads the Global Health Initiative.
Goosby has been a pioneer in the fight against AIDS since the earliest days after the epidemic was recognized. As a young doctor, he was among the very first physicians to treat people with HIV at San Francisco General Hospital, where he helped to integrate HIV treatment programs with methadone clinics. Despite the agony Goosby witnessed in San Francisco—one of the early epicenters for the virus—the city holds a special place in his heart. Goosby earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and later taught as a professor at the school, teaching the hard-won lessons he had learned in the clinic.
After seeing firsthand the desperation of patients and the struggles of the scientific community to address the steadily exploding public health issue, Goosby moved to Washington in 1991 to become the first director of the Ryan White program, the nation’s domestic HIV care and support initiative. Next, he became the director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy for the Department of Health and Human Services and served in various capacities in the Clinton White House’s National AIDS Policy Office, where he helped to establish the Minority AIDS Initiative – a program that continues to help communities across the country.
Upon leaving that government position, Goosby served as the CEO of the Pangea Global AIDS Foundation, which works with governments around the world to establish their own sustainable HIV treatment programs. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China, and Ukraine.
The annual lecture honors the late David Edward Barmes, who was a special expert for international health at NIDCR and a longstanding World Health Organization employee. The lecture series was established in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It may also be viewed via videocast at: