PEPFAR Comes Together to Focus on Partnership, Efficiency, and Innovation for Sustained Impact

Posted by Eric Goosby
May 3, 2011
Children Form Symbolic Red AIDS Ribbon in Johannesburg

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.



South Korea
May 5, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Brazil (AIDS is high?)




George M.
May 5, 2011

George M. in Kenya writes:

I would like to thank PEPFAR Programme & especially ambassador Eric Goosby for your continued effort in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Much impact has resulted from interventions by the United states government especially in the developing countries and we owe you a lot.

Much progress has been made in management of HIV in Kenya over the decade but in the grass roots, the impact is fully to be actualized as many shy away from visiting centers for testing due to stigma.

My observation is that more inroad interventions should be targeted towards anti -stigma especially from the opinion leaders, healthcare workers trickling down to the level of the family. When that has been addressed properly with will by the government, the triple effect of response and adherence to the call to action and treatment would fall into place.

Thank you

Gabriel O.
May 6, 2011

Gabriel O. in Kenya writes:

I'm delighted to join this network.

Hallo comrdaes


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