By Michael Gwarisa
THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today (19/09/2017) released its Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which will provide a road-map as well as identify specific areas which require investment as efforts to end the HIV pandemic intensify.
In his remarks, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) also includes investing in more than 50 countries with three concrete goals in mind.
“First, to maintain life-saving treatment for those we currently support, while making essential services like testing linked to treatment more accessible.
“Second, to provide even more services for orphans and vulnerable children – those who are immediately and permanently affected when a parent or caretaker is lost to this disease. Finally, to accelerate progress toward controlling the pandemic in a subset of 13 countries, which represent the most vulnerable communities to HIV/AIDS and have the potential to achieve control by 2020,” he said.
He added that the Trump Administration was deeply committed to the global HIV/AIDS response and to demonstrating clear outcomes and impact for every U.S. dollar spent.
“We want to look back together and recognize that it was here, at this point in time, that our accelerated focus led to a world free of HIV/AIDS.
“We are proud to partner with many others in this endeavor. Our support – and our commitment – are unwavering as we work together to control and ultimately end this pandemic, once and for all.”
The United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest bilateral donor to the global HIV/AIDS response.
Together, with host countries, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and other partners the US is beginning to demonstrate the ability to control a pandemic for which there is neither a vaccine nor a cure.
This is being done by supporting HIV treatment and prevention services using data and analytics to improve performance, find efficiencies, and increase impact, saving more lives and decreasing the number of new HIV