Murder of Cameroonian LGBT and AIDS Activist Eric Ohena Lembembe

Deputy Spokesperson Harf: We deplore the brutal murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe -  the Executive Director of Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), an organization dedicated to the fight against AIDS and for the human rights of LGBT people in Cameroon - who was found tortured to death in his home in Yaoundé yesterday. We condemn this terrible act in the strongest terms and urge the Cameroonian authorities to thoroughly and promptly investigate and prosecute those responsible for his death. Read More

Did you miss our Google+ Hangout on the fight against HIV/AIDS? Watch a replay of Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussing PEPFAR and the battle against HIV from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on June 20, 2013.

Stay tuned for the full video.

Ambassador Eric Goosby participates in a live Google+ Hangout on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. 

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Watch the hangout live today at 2:00 PM EDT on Google+ or YouTube.
Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. 

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Watch the hangout live today at 2:00 PM EDT on Google+ or YouTube.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. 

Through PEPFAR Support, One Million Babies Born HIV-Free

At the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we measure our progress with metrics that account for every program, dollar, and service received. While these indicators help us become more efficient and effective in the work we do, their significance pales when compared with the most important metric of all — a life saved. To save any life is a remarkable feat, but to spare a child from HIV is truly extraordinary.

That’s why Secretary Kerry’s June 18 announcement that a cumulative total of one million babies will have been born HIV-free this month due to direct PEPFAR support is so remarkable. One million babies born HIV-free. This achievement would have been unimaginable ten years ago when the U.S. Congress passed the legislation that created PEPFAR, yet today, we can celebrate this momentous milestone. MORE

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. Watch the hangout live on Thursday June 20 on Google+ or the State Dept Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. Watch the hangout live on Thursday June 20 on Google+ or the State Dept Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

Supporting Children Is Vital To Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation

Children stand depicting the ribbon, the symbol of AIDS, during a candlelight rally to mark World AIDS Orphans' Day organized in Gauhati, India, May 7, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and leads the Office of Global Health Diplomacy.

"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children." — Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

The impact of HIV and AIDS on children is devastating. To date, an estimated 16 million children have lost one or both parents due to AIDS, 90 percent of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. And despite dramatic advances in treatment this number is not yet declining . In addition, an estimated 3.4 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV, and millions more children are made vulnerable due to chronically ill parents or the social and economic effects of living in communities with high HIV prevalence.

These numbers clearly demonstrate how vulnerable children are to the social, emotional, economic, and environmental effects that… more »

Conversations With America: Ten Years of America’s Global AIDS Response

Conversations with America: 10 Years of America's Global AIDS Response [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

Deborah Von Zinkernagel, Principal Deputy Coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will hold a conversation with Dr. Shannon Hader, Vice President and Director, Center for Health Systems and Solutions at Futures Group and Chris Austin, President, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Washington, D.C. The discussion will explore the transformative role the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has played in the world’s commitment to create an… more »

Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy

An Indian child is administered polio vaccine in Kolkata, India, June 17, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Ambassador Goosby also leads the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State.

I was honored to be asked by Secretary Clinton to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy. I am proud to serve my country in this capacity while also remaining the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. I am equally delighted that a skilled and seasoned diplomat like Ambassador Leslie Rowe has agreed to join me in establishing the new Global Health Diplomacy Office in the State Department. We have seen first-hand in countries around the world that America’s investments in global health not only improve and save lives, they build stronger families, communities and nations and contribute to economic growth. And stronger and more stable nations abroad mean a stronger and more stable America.

Increasingly, our investments are also enabling countries to build the health systems they need to provide care… more »

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton To Unveil The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 27, 2012


On Thursday November 29, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will commemorate World AIDS Day 2012 and unveil the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation that provides a roadmap for how the U.S. government will work to help achieve an AIDS-free generation. Secretary Clinton will be joined by Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The event will take place at 10:30 am in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

Secretary Clinton will be joined by:

Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Florence Ngobeni-Allen, Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation MORE