PEPFAR’s Evidence-Based Response, Use Of Real-Time Data Vital To Successes, Achieving AIDS-Free Generation
FHI360’s “Research for Evidence”: Should PEPFAR be renamed the ‘President’s Epidemiologic Plan for AIDS Relief’?
Timothy Mastro, chief science officer at FHI360, discusses the history and progress of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), highlighting its use of data to address the epidemic. Mastro writes, “A new global standard for the use of real-time data to guide programmatic investments to achieve HIV epidemic control has been set. Hats off to PEPFAR for putting an evidence-based response at the top of the agenda. Perhaps the ‘Emergency’ in PEPFAR should be changed to ‘Epidemiologic’? Only through the intelligent use of data, can we gain the efficiencies necessary for ending the HIV epidemic and achieving an AIDS-free generation” (2/27).