The former Global AIDS Coordinator whose program was the basis for PEPFAR recently said that “reproductive health is a clean word,” and that the “integration of reproductive health services with HIV” programming should be a priority.
The fight for better prevention policy for women in U.S. global AIDS programs was lost in the reauthorization process last year.
Concerned about the next phase of leadership on US Global AIDS programs, some AIDS groups are calling on the Obama Administration for an open process to determine who gets appointed as Global AIDS Coordinator.
Sources reveal Mark Dybul will continue to serve as Global AIDS Coordinator. Keeping Dybul on indefinitely will undermine confidence in both PEPFAR and the promise of the new Administration to support ideology over evidence.