Leading HIV/AIDS Physician to Take Position at Gates Foundation

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced that Dr. Helene Gayle of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will take a newly created position as senior advisor for HIV/AIDS with the . In her new role, Dr. Gayle, who has served since 1995 as director of CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, will help steer the activities of the foundation as it leads the fight against HIV and related diseases worldwide. Gayle will begin her work at the foundation on September 1.

"We are committed to a global effort to support prevention of HIV, and to provide help for people who have the disease," said Secretary Thompson. "In addition to the funding commitment announced by the president last week, I am happy that we will be able to loan to the Gates Foundation the talent and experience of Dr. Helene Gayle. Dr. Gayle will provide an invaluable depth of knowledge and the ability to coordinate efforts across public and private sector lines, and across boundaries, to make the fullest possible use of our resources against this scourge."

President Bush joined UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan last week to announce a $200 million pledge from the United States to a new international fund to combat global HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The president's budget proposal for FY 2002 includes another $117 million for HHS' global HIV/AIDS efforts, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year's budget.