Lee brings U.S. HIV/AIDS czar to Oakland

lee3.jpgRep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, has organized a meeting tonight in Oakland between representatives from local organizations engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Mark Dybul.

“I have long said that our battle against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic is linked to our battle against HIV/AIDS in the United States and here in Oakland. We are part of this global pandemic, and as we talk about the need to confront HIV in Africa and the Caribbean, we must also talk about the need to confront it here in the United States,” Lee said in a news release. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to meet with Ambassador Dybul here in Oakland to discuss both local and global efforts to stop this disease.”

Dybul oversees the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which Lee co-authored legislation to create. This year he will manage nearly $4 billion in global AIDS programs across several departments and agencies of the U.S. government. As previously reported here, Dybul was the featured speaker earlier today at a public forum at the San Francisco Public Library on challenges and opportunities in U.S. efforts to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide, hosted by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo.

Scheduled to attend tonight’s meting are Dr. Robert Scott, co-chair of the Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry; Ellen Schell, director of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance; Dr. Anthony Iton, director of the Alameda County Public Health Department; Dian Harrison, CEO and director of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate; Ronald Person, director of the Alameda County Public Health Department’s AIDS office; Dr. Eric Goosby, CEO and chief medical officer of the PANGEA Global AIDS Foundation; Rene Durrazzo, program development consultant at the PANGEA Global AIDS Foundation; Dr. Daniel Robbins, chairman of the KAPNEK Pediatric AIDS Fund; Gloria Locket, director of the California Prevention and Education Project; and Denise (Denny) Martin, community health program officer at the San Francisco Foundation.

Lee has been working overtime to get national and international players in the battle against HIV/AIDS to visit Oakland; U2 frontman Bono was here early last month.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.