PEPFAR ‘More Committed Than Ever’ To Ending AIDS
Huffington Post: 36 Years Later: The Opportunity To End AIDS As We Know It
Deborah L. Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy
“…[W]ith the critical and essential progress we have made on HIV cure research and vaccine development, we are closer to eliminating HIV than ever before — binding communities, scientists, and political leaders together to envision a different future. … Working alongside our many partners, PEPFAR has helped transform the global HIV/AIDS response. … We continue to expand PEPFAR’s impact by using data to drive accountability, find efficiencies, increase transparency, and leverage partnerships, including with the private sector — efforts that make PEPFAR a model for development programs everywhere. Originally conceived as a compassionate effort to deliver life-saving services to men, women, and children in need, PEPFAR is now also taking on the challenge of controlling the pandemic. … [W]e have come a long way since the darkest days of the pandemic, in both the United States and around the world. But our job is far from done. To honor the memory of the millions of lives that we lost to this disease, and to save those living with and affected by the virus today, PEPFAR is more committed than ever to finish what we started — and to help end AIDS as we know it” (6/5).