Strength in Numbers
Gloria Addo-Aydensu, USA
There will be 2,000 new IAPAC physician members commencing September 1, 2002, courtesy of Abbott Laboratories. Through an agreement signed in July 2002, Abbott Laboratories is subsidizing two-year memberships for these 2,000 US HIV/AIDS-treating physicians. A list of these new members will be published in an upcoming issue of the IAPAC Monthly. IAPAC thanks Abbott Laboratories for its generosity!
To learn more about IAPAC physician and allied health professional membership, please contact Joey Atwell, Director of Membership, at (312) 795-4941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to fulfilling a role coordinating the US response to HIV/AIDS across many federal government departments, the ONAP Director is also a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council and is thereby empowered with a voice to provide input on a broad range of issues touching upon the health and well-being of all Americans. Further, the ONAP serves as the Executive Secretariat for President George W. Bush's Cabinet Task Force on HIV/AIDS, which is co-chaired by US Secretary of State Colin Powell and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.
IAPAC President José M. Zuniga welcomed O'Neill's appointment, saying that "leadership and expertise in the US response to HIV/AIDS of the caliber that Joe O'Neill can offer is urgently required." Zuniga praised the Bush Administration for its choice of O'Neill -- "a pragmatic, no-nonsense physician who has witnessed the suffering of those affected by HIV disease and who is in touch with the realities of how best to address the challenges that lie ahead." He added that IAPAC looks forward to working with O'Neill as he undertakes the challenge of coordinating the US government's response to HIV/AIDS, at home and abroad.
In passing the reigns to O'Neill, Scott Evertz will now step into a new role as Special Assistant to DHHS Secretary Thompson. Zuniga stressed the importance of the duties Evertz will execute in strengthening DHHS strategy to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide. "Specifically," Zuniga explained, "Evertz has an immediate task to bolster US contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund)."
"In his tenure as ONAP Director, Scott Evertz has been a behind-the-scenes advocate for HIV/AIDS issues within the Bush Administration," Zuniga stated. "I am hopeful that at a time when the Bush Administration must enhance its response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, he will now advocate for the diverse needs of men, women, and children worldwide who stand to benefit from US munificence."
This article was provided by International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. It is a part of the publication IAPAC Monthly.