May marks the 15th anniversary of one of the United States'most important and successful initiatives—the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief,universally known as PEPFAR.First proposed by then-President George W.Bush in January 2003,the initiative has since invested over$80 billion dollars to address HIV/AIDS worldwide and transformed the lives of millions of people around the globe.
The idea was to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the hardest-hit regions of the developing world.The initiative's first 15 focus countries were Botswana,Cote d'Ivoire,Ethiopia,Guyana,Haiti,Kenya,Mozambique,Namibia,Nigeria,Rwanda,South Africa,Tanzania,Uganda,Vietnam,and Zambia.In the initial five years,the program aimed to support treatment for 2 million people,prevent 7 million new infections,and care for 10 million people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.These were stunning goals at a time when fewer than 50,000 Africans had access to HIV/AIDS treatment.
Fifteen years and two 5-year extensions of the program later,PEPFAR supports HIV/AIDS treatment for 14 million men,women and children in over 50 countries.That's twice as many people as we had just four and a half years ago,said U.S.Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S.Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Deborah Birx at a recent press conference.Through our work with the countries and partners,we've dramatically increased the effectiveness of the program.
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