Jimmy Kolker

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker is a visiting scholar at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. A U.S. foreign service officer for 30 years, he served as ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1999 to 2002 and Uganda from 2002 to 2005. Ambassador Kolker was Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section at UNICEF's New York headquarters 2007-2011. From 2011-2017, he was Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.

 

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A Diplomat’s Perspective on Use of Science and Evidence in Implementing PEPFAR

By Jimmy Kolker - 04.18.2018

This is the story of PEPFAR's creation and early implementation from the perspective of the U.S. ambassador to Uganda, among the first countries in Africa to use data and evidence to describe, track, and treat HIV and AIDS patients. 

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Bridging Public Health and Foreign Affairs

Health attachés, diplomats with in-depth public health knowledge, serve as the central node in the global health diplomacy network, connecting U.S. and foreign government health and non-health agencies with global health stakeholders.

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