ICW Celebrates Appointment of Jeffrey Crowley as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

Wednesday March 4 -- On Thursday February 26, 2009 President Barack Obama announced his appointment of Jeffrey S. Crowley to head the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the White House Office tasked with coordinating government efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) celebrates President Obama's appointment of Jeffrey Crowley as the new Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). ICW is an international network run by and for HIV positive women that promotes all our voices and advocates for changes that improve our lives. ICW members have worked with Mr. Crowley in the past on the concerns of people living with HIV.

"Jeffrey Crowley is a strong supporter of the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in determining the policies and programs that impact our lives." said Beri Hull, Global Advocacy Officer for ICW. "I have worked closely with Jeffrey Crowley in the past, his ability to lead and his deep commitment to the survival of people living with HIV will provide a strong foundation for his work as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy."

Women account for more than a quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the United States. According to the CDC, HIV /AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25-34 years of age and the fourth leading cause for Hispanic women. Gender inequality, poor access to services, and health disparities due to race contribute to high rates of HIV amongst women.

"In order to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst women we must effectively tackle the political, social, and economic contributors to vulnerability," said Aziza Ahmed, Human Rights Officer for ICW. "We call on Mr. Crowley to pay particular attention to the realities of women and girl's lives that contribute to contracting HIV and prevent access to care, treatment, and support."