This week in Johannesburg, South Africa, PEPFAR is convening its annual field meeting. U.S. government global health leaders and staff are working together to identify opportunities to build on the impressive achievements our programs have made so far. Throughout the week here on DipNote, I will be providing updates on our collaboration to further our vision of partnership, efficiency, and innovation for sustained impact through PEPFAR.
From its inception, the story of PEPFAR has demonstrated the generosity of the American people. 2010 was a crucial chapter in the global AIDS response. As has been true throughout the past decade, the U.S. commitment was at the heart of virtually all of the year's breakthroughs. At the end of the fiscal year, we supported over 3.2 million people on treatment through bilateral programs, an increase of more than 700,000 over the previous year. Reflecting a top priority, our programs provided more than 600,000 pregnant women with drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, leading to over 114,000 babies being born free of HIV. We also provided care and support for over 11 million people, including over 3.8 million orphans and vulnerable children.
The entire PEPFAR family is justly proud of the accomplishments achieved thus far, but much remains to be done. Throughout the past decade of extraordinary breakthroughs on HIV/AIDS, the U.S. commitment has been at the heart of virtually all of them. The PEPFAR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect upon our achievements, work on solutions to solve the latest challenges, and identify the next steps to carry this momentum forward.
This assemblage of personnel from headquarters and the field serves as a testament to the remarkable contributions of PEPFAR to America's foreign policy objectives. The role that PEPFAR plays across State Department goals will be reflected by the attendance of Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides. I'm particularly appreciative of Ambassador Donald Gips and his team, not only for their PEPFAR work every day, but for welcoming us all to Johannesburg.
This week, we'll begin our work by examining the state of the global AIDS epidemic. Addressing the special role PEPFAR can play, we'll focus on the concept of supporting partner countries to develop a 'continuum of response,' a comprehensive system of care and support to meet the health needs of their people throughout their lives.
The U.S. role in supporting the continuum at the country level has many elements. During our time together we'll focus on disseminating what has been learned around some of the most challenging dimensions.
I look forward to keeping you abreast of our work.