NASTAD Response to President Trump’s Reported Comments

By Murray Penner January 12, 2018

As our national conversations about diversity become ever more contentious, with shockingly bigoted remarks about Haiti and African countries being reported coming from the White House yesterday, NASTAD cannot remain silent. NASTAD is an international organization, with employees, contractors,  partners, and friends in not only the U.S. but also in these countries. NASTAD denounces these reported remarks about these countries in the strongest possible terms.  

We know that the only way to achieve our vision of a world free of HIV and hepatitis is in valuing, sharing, and learning from the huge diversity of knowledge from all parts of the world. NASTAD’s peer to peer approach to our work, where we draw upon this diversity of knowledge and experiences, has resulted in spectacular achievements both globally and domestically.

As an example and through the commitment, creativity, innovation, and hard work of NASTAD staff and contractors in Haiti, NASTAD has established the  gold standard for HIV case based surveillance systems in resource constrained settings, and set in place data to care systems that have saved thousands of lives and are being emulated and replicated around the world as best practices. Similarly our equally talented teams in Africa are conducting cutting-edge work around partner notification services, patient-linkage retention, engaging and empowering community, and organizational capacity building.

NASTAD’s success is due to the diversity and knowledge of the passionate and selfless health professionals who make up this organization and whom we employ and work beside from around the world. We are extremely proud to be an organization that nurtures relationships between communities and countries, and immensely honored that all of our members, staff, and partners have chosen to join us in this work. 

We re-commit ourselves in 2018 to working together for the diversity, inclusion, and social justice that will end the HIV and hepatitis epidemics.