Global HIV/AIDS Director Visits Lesotho

Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited Lesotho on December 2 and 3, 2015. On this her first visit to Lesotho, Dr. Hader met with government representatives, including Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane, and local and international stakeholders.

This visit allowed Dr. Hader to learn more about activities in Lesotho aimed at ending the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics.  She travelled to the Qoaling Filter Clinic in Maseru to see firsthand how the U.S. government is supporting HIV counseling and testing through our local partner Population Services International (PSI).

The United States government, with the generous support of the American people, has been a major contributor to the HIV/AIDS response in Lesotho, through both multilateral and bilateral channels. Multilaterally, the U.S. government has committed more than $11 billion to the Global Fund, including $1.35 billion this year alone. Bilaterally, our support comes through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Since the outbreak of the epidemic, through PEPFAR, the United States has committed $65 billion globally, including $250 million to Lesotho to combat HIV and AIDS.

Dr. Hader has an extensive background in international HIV/AIDS and has worked in challenging socio-economic and political environments, emphasizing accountability, scale, and impact for sustainable responses. She started her career at the CDC in 1999 but has also worked as a senior scientific advisor to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and for three years as the Director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration for the city of Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health.

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