Carl C. Stecker

Carl retired from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the end of 2020 after almost 20 years as a Senior Technical Advisor specializing in HIV programs.  He currently continues to work part time to complete two pediatric HIV research projects in Uganda and Zambia, and a third neonatal HIV study in Zimbabwe. 


Other than a brief period from August 2012 - February 2016 when he was based in Chicago as Director for Diakonia (International Development and Disaster Response) for Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Carl worked for CRS and was responsible for multiple HIV-related projects, mostly in Africa. In March 2004, he was the first global Chief of Party for AIDS Relief—a 5-year, $335 million grant awarded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to do antiretroviral treatment in nine countries—the largest grant CRS has ever received. By 2013, CRS’ AIDS Relief project had enrolled over 750,000 people living with HIV, including 400,000 who were initiated on life-saving antiretrovirals.


Carl also spent 30 months in Port au Prince, Haiti, providing immediate post-2010 earthquake emergency medical response and leading the Program Quality Support Unit for CRS Haiti. He also served as Chief of Party for an orphans and vulnerable children project in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He spent his final three years as Senior Technical Advisor for HIV and as Project Director and Principal Investigator for a $55 million project to accelerate pediatric HIV testing and treatment in six African countries.




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