Three prominent leaders of LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations have joined together to praise the appointment of Dr. Mark Dybul as the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). His work in helping to envision, create and implement PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Program For AIDS Relief) has had immense impact in the epidemic which has led to reducing new infections and increasing treatment. However, much more needs to be done both in the United States and abroad.
Daniel Tietz, RN, JD, Executive Director of AIDS Community Research of America (ACRIA), said, “Together with my colleagues at GMHC and SAGE, I’m pleased to see Dr. Dybul’s appointment. He has deep experience with securing and effectively guiding the use of resources to fight the global HIV epidemic. Dr. Dybul’s leadership at the Global Fund, and helping to ensure concerted and targeted action among a host of stakeholders, will be vital if we’re to make our way to the end of AIDS. I also hope that under his leadership the Global Fund will ensure that an ever-increasing number of people with HIV around the world will enjoy full, productive and long lives via early and sustained access to treatment. Indeed, long enough to obtain a cure!”
Founded in 1991 in response to the slow pace of government and academic research on HIV, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) brought for the first time an activist, community-based approach to the study of new treatments for HIV and related diseases. In addition to drug trials and behavioral research, particularly with regard to older adults and HIV, ACRIA also offers a comprehensive HIV health literacy program, including training and capacity building services, materials development, consulting, and program evaluation.
Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), noted, “Dr. Dybul’s leadership in launching and administering PEPFAR has inspired great confidence. We hope he will make certain that nations receiving support from the Global Fund will use resources to increase testing, prevention and treatment in all communities affected by HIV and AIDS. As we have seen in the United States, the face of the epidemic continues to change, and we must address these changes directly with expanded focus on HIV among those over the age of 50 – both long-term survivors and the newly infected.”
Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) commented, “We congratulate Dr. Dybul on his appointment as the next Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As an organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of aging in all communities, SAGE is keenly aware that by 2015 one of every two individuals in the United States living with HIV/AIDS will be over the age of 50. Yet in the United States, too many in the aging network and healthcare field are unprepared to provide the services and supports necessary to care for this population. Therefore, SAGE and our partners ACRIA and GMHC have called for eliminating the upper age limit on routine HIV testing for all adults, making research on HIV and aging a top priority, and providing funding for targeted prevention among older adults in the United States. We look forward to working with Dr. Dybul and other leaders to address these policy challenges and the unique needs of this growing population.”