US AIDS relief programme exceeds goals for HIV treatment and care

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US AIDS relief programme exceeds goals for HIV treatment and care

13 January 2009

U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
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According to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2009 Annual Report, PEPFAR has exceeded its five-year goals for treatment of two million and care of ten million people.

PEPFAR has supported life-saving HIV treatment for more than 2.1 million men, women and children worldwide. It also supported care for more than 10.1 million people affected by HIV, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.

On 12 January Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered opening remarks for the release of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2009 Annual Report to Congress. The report outlines the dramatic successes PEPFAR has had in the AIDS response and highlights the programmes’ achievements through its partnerships with host nations around the world.

In 2003, United States President George W. Bush launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to tackle the global HIV epidemic. It was the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. Government has provided $18.8 billion in HIV funding, and the U.S. Congress has authorized up to $48 billion for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next 5 years.

In the financial year 2008, PEPFAR provided $1.6 billion in support of HIV treatment programmes, in the programme’s focus countries and approximately $712 million to support prevention activities.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Mark Dybul, highlighted the strengthening of health systems as another success of the President’s Emergency Plan. “The data that are available suggest that this intervention in HIV/AIDS is actually building the health care for other areas and having a spillover effect.”