President Barack Obama has named as his global AIDS coordinator an HIV treatment specialist with 25 years experience fighting the disease and engaging policymakers over the scourge.
Obama tapped Eric Goosby, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco and a chief executive of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation since 2001 to coordinate the billion-dollar battle against the spread of the disease.
The White House in a statement said Goosby played a crucial role in national HIV/AIDS treatment plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine.
During the administration of president Bill Clinton he served as deputy director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office, and over his career has developed extensive relationships with multinational groups including UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.
Goosby will oversee PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Under PEPFAR the United States has committed more than 25 billion dollars worldwide to battle the spread of AIDS since its inception in 2003.