Tillerson Launches New Strategy Guiding U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Programs; PEPFAR To ‘Accelerate Implementation’ In 13 Countries

Devex: PEPFAR to ‘accelerate’ implementation in 13 countries under new strategy
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will launch a new strategy to guide U.S. global AIDS programs for the next three years on Tuesday, during his engagement at the United Nations General Assembly. The new strategy calls for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to ‘accelerate implementation in a subset of 13 high-burden countries that have the potential to achieve epidemic control by 2020’…” (Igoe, 9/19).

Reuters: U.S. AIDS strategy to focus on 13 countries close to controlling epidemic
“…PEPFAR will continue to operate programs in more than 50 countries. To maximize its impact, however, it will focus much of its efforts on 13 countries that are nearing epidemic control – the point where there are more deaths each year from AIDS than there are new HIV infections. Those countries include Kenya, Zambia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Haiti, and Rwanda. … Five of the target countries — Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — are already nearing control of their HIV epidemics, based on national surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Columbia University, and local governmental and non-governmental partners…” (Steenhuysen, 9/19).