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AHF Praises President Biden’s Pick for New PEPFAR Chief

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest HIV/AIDS care provider operating in 45 countries, praised today President Biden’s decision to nominate John Nkengasong to lead the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Nkengasong currently serves as the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC). Before joining ACDC as its inaugural director, he served as an acting deputy director at the US CDC Center for Global Health. Nkengasong is a virologist by training and holds a dual US and Cameroonian citizenship.

“We believe Dr. Nkengasong is well suited to lead PEPFAR because his tireless efforts in fighting COVID-19 as the head of ACDC are widely praised across Africa. As a virologist, he understands both the HIV and the COVID-19 pandemics, and has the requisite managerial and scientific credentials to successfully lead PEPFAR,” said AHF Africa Bureau Chief Dr. Penninah Iutung. “We hope the US Senate will fully support Dr. Nkengasong’s nomination and move quickly to confirm his appointment. To-date PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, most of them across Africa, and during the ongoing pandemic it is also providing indispensable COVID-19 relief. With Dr. Nkengasong at the helm, PEPFAR will continue its legacy of lifesaving humanitarian work funded by the generosity of the American people.”

Congress will soon consider whether to reauthorize PEPFAR for another five years. AHF has always been a strong supporter of PEPFAR and has repeatedly advocated for its reauthorization in previous rounds.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million clients in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

US MEDIA CONTACT:

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF

+1.323.308.1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile

[email protected]

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy &

Communications, AHF

+1 323.308.1829

[email protected]

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20 States Sue Over Biden Administration’s LGBTQ+ Rights Guidelines

United States – 20 states attorneys generals have sued President Joe Biden’s administration over its guidelines for employers and schools on equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people these AGs, led by of course guess who Tennessee’s Herbert Slattery, claim the Federal Government is interfering in matters that should be handled by the states and they object particularly to guidance related and relating to transgender employees and students, such as access to restrooms and school sports teams comporting with their gender identity use of their preferred pronouns and enforcement of sex-specific dress codes. The states that joined Tennessee in the suit are and here’s the who’s who Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Tis exact same group of 20 states, again led by Slattery and Tennessee, sent a letter to the Biden administration in July objecting to the entire guidance so what they’re doing here is they’re claiming states rights the same way they did when they wanted to keep slavery. Yes, if these states don’t have someone to hate they’d be going for them absolutely. You know we’re called the United States of America and some things should be united through all 50 states. Meaning you should have rights and access. It shouldn’t depend on when you cross a state border all of a sudden you don’t have rights anymore and you’re still in America.

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