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PEPFAR Investments Continue To Achieve Progress Toward Ending AIDS

Huffington Post: Strengthening Global Health Security and Ending AIDS
Deborah L. Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy

“On World Health Day (April 7), we recommit ourselves to making the world a healthier and more secure place. Fifteen years ago, an HIV diagnosis was often a death sentence, and controlling the AIDS pandemic was unimaginable. … Today, we can tell a far different story. A story of millions of men, women, and children who are alive and healthy thanks to the tremendous progress achieved through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, host countries, and many other partners. … PEPFAR is accelerating progress toward controlling the AIDS epidemic. … The value of the American people’s investments in PEPFAR also goes beyond health. … Healthy populations are a prerequisite for prosperous and stable societies. Investing in the well-being of our partner countries not only saves lives, but also enhances global public health and security. In our interconnected world, there is no better investment” (4/6).

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