Latest PEPFAR Results Released; Ambassador Birx, Deputy Secretary Of State Sullivan Offer Remarks At Briefing
U.S. Department of State: Latest Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
“On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, the United States announced that the impact of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reached historic highs through the program’s rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments. As of September 30, 2017, PEPFAR supported more than 15.2 million men and boys with substantial protection from HIV infection through the provision of voluntary medical male circumcision. This high-water mark was reached due to the largest single-year increase (3.4 million) in these results since the beginning of PEPFAR. PEPFAR also achieved landmark levels in its support for antiretroviral treatment, now supporting more than 13.3 million men, women, and children with this lifesaving intervention…” (11/30).
U.S. Department of State: U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D.
“…[W]e are at an unprecedented moment in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to actually control the global pandemic without a vaccine or a cure, and this is a very exciting time for us. The United States remains the key leader of the HIV/AIDS response, and under this administration leadership of President Donald Trump, we are continuing to lead in the response around the globe…” (11/30).
U.S. Department of State: Remarks at “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships” to Commemorate World AIDS Day 2017
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said, “…PEPFAR continues to work tirelessly to save every life. We are still pioneering methods to fight this disease and bring hope to even more people. And we are closer than ever before to ending this pandemic. Last September, at the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary Tillerson announced PEPFAR’s new Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control. We believe it is possible to control this pandemic. And in partnership with countries that share our vision, we are creating the roadmap to control. Through this strategy, PEPFAR will invest its resources to continue decreasing the number of new HIV infections using data-driven programming to focus on the highest-burden populations and locations…” (11/30).