Dr. Peter Mugyenyi delivered a forceful pitch for increased PEPFAR funding in a speech in Washington on Tuesday.
Mugyenyi is executive director of Uganda’s Joint Clinical Research Center, that nation’s largest provider of antiretroviral treatment. He said the U.S. needs to help keep the momentum on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention going, despite the dismal economic climate.
“As world leaders grasp for solutions to the economic meltdown, HIV is one global catastrophe where we know what the solution is,” he said. “It may not yet be clear how to save banks, but we do know how to save the lives of those living with HIV and to prevent new infections.”
Click here to listen to his entire speech, delivered at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Dr. Mugyenyi will also be speaking at a Congressional briefing on global health care worker shortages on March 20.