19th ICASA | 4 - 9 DEC 2017 | ABIDJAN | CÔTE D'IVOIRE
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND STIs IN AFRICA
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Ambassador Deborah Birx

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Ambassador Birx has dedicated her life to changing the course of HIV/AIDS in the United States and throughout the world. She currently serves as Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, leading all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. Ambassador Birx oversees 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.
Ambassador Birx is a renowned medical expert in the field of HIV/AIDS. For over three decades, her career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. Since 2005, she has served as Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leading PEPFAR implementation. Birx was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Society for

Laboratory Medicine in 2011, in recognition of decades of impassioned support for development of sustainable country-led health systems.
Prior to her work with CDC, Ambassador Birx, a proud Army Veteran, having risen to the rank of Colonel in the US Army, served at the Department of Defense as Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In that role, she led development of the Thai vaccine trial which became the first clinical HIV/AIDS research study to show the potential that a vaccine could protect against HIV. She also served as an Assistant Chief of the Hospital Immunology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


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