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U.S. Announces New PEPFAR Targets To Reduce HIV Infections Among Young Women, Adolescent Girls In Sub-Saharan Africa

News outlets report on U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s announcement of new PEPFAR targets to prevent HIV among young women and girls in 10 sub-Saharan African nations.

Associated Press: U.S. aims to cut HIV infections in young women in Africa
“The Obama administration is announcing a $300 million program to drastically reduce HIV infections in girls and young woman in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hard hit by the virus. Administration officials are aiming for a 25 percent infection reduction in females between ages 15-24 by the end of next year and a 40 percent reduction by the end of 2017…” (Pace, 9/26).

Reuters: U.S. says to spend $300 million to fight HIV in Africa
“…The sum would help the main U.S. program for fighting AIDS in Africa to meet goals including providing antiretroviral treatment to 12.9 million people by the end of 2017, said Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. ‘No greater action is needed right now than empowering adolescent girls and young women to defeat HIV/AIDS. Every year, 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV,’ she said in a statement. … The countries at the focus of the program are: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe” (Zargham, 9/26).

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