On November 27, in advance of World AIDS Day 2018 (recognized annually on December 1) , U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered remarks at the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Faith Communities and HIV Technical Summit at the U.S. Department of State.
The Secretary announced the latest results achieved by American leadership and partnerships through the PEPFAR, which has now saved more than 17 million lives.
Since the launch in 2003 of PEPFAR – thanks to strong support from three presidents, multiple Congresses, and our many partners around the globe – we have saved more than 17 million lives. We have prevented millions of new HIV infections. And AIDS-related deaths globally have been cut in half since their peak in 2004. Quite simply, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has gone from crisis towards control."
The Secretary also highlighted additional PEPFAR data that reveals Ethiopia is on the verge of achieving HIV epidemic control and Nigeria may be closer to achieving HIV epidemic control than was previously thought, with most Nigerians who report being on HIV treatment having suppressed their viral replication.
These announcements build on progress highlighted in the 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report released in September, which shows that up to 13 high-HIV-burden countries are now on pace to control their HIV epidemic by 2020 through the support of the U.S. government and the contributions of other partners.
Secretary Pompeo highlighted this work as great story about PEPFAR mattering to all Americans. "By focusing resources where the HIV burden is the greatest – and where the highest impacts can be achieved – PEPFAR demonstrates the power of U.S. foreign assistance when it is tied to accountability, transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness," he said.
The Secretary concluded, "Today, a generation that could have been lost is instead thriving and building a brighter future. PEPFAR has truly been one of the great American triumphs of the 21st century. And we’re proud to continue this work alongside each of you, our faith-based partners."
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