U.S. Government keeps promise to continue to strengthen HIV/AIDS programs across Africa

Pretoria -- The United States remains committed to saving lives in the developing world by strengthening critical health programs. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. remains fully committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa, and remains the largest funder and technical advisor of the global response. 

As part of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), PEPFAR is continuing to grow.

  • The President requested increases for PEPFAR in both his FY 2010 and FY 2011 budgets.  The FY 2011 PEPFAR funding request is the largest request to date in a President’s Budget.
  • The number of people directly supported on treatment increased in FY 2009 from approximately 1.6 million to nearly 2.5 million. The numbers of those treated in coming years will continue to grow toward the program’s stated goal under the GHI of treatment for more than 4 million.
  • The PEPFAR program in South Africa is working closely with the South African government in its new HIV/AIDS national campaign.  PEPFAR provides over 90 percent of all the outside funding invested in HIV treatment, care and prevention programs in South Africa. 
  • In South Africa, PEPFAR funding has increased nearly every year since the start of the program in 2004; the budget for 2009 was $551 million and the budget for 2010 is $564 million with an additional $120 million for ARVs in 2009-1010.
  • In addition to its bilateral programs, the U.S. is the largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a key multilateral vehicle for countries and the private sector to contribute to the fight.

The full range of partners, including national governments, international partners, local non-governmental organizations, and individual citizens, must work together to respond to the unmet global need for HIV services.  

For more information: US Embassy: Sharon Hudson-Dean 079-111-8276 or HudsonDeanS@state.gov

The U.S. Global Health Initiative – Fact Sheet

In 2009, President Obama launched the Global Health Initiative (GHI), of which PEPFAR is the cornerstone.  The U.S. is investing $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve the health of their people, including those affected by HIV/AIDS, through an integrated approach.

The key metric for success is lives saved.  The GHI's comprehensive approach includes maternal and child health, strengthening health systems, isolating neglected tropical diseases, and increasing availability of antiretroviral treatment.  The GHI will have a significant impact on the longevity and quality of life for millions of people now suffering from preventable and treatable diseases, and support sustainability by strengthening health systems, improving nutrition, and other long-term elements.

The GHI’s goals include the following:

  • Save approximately 3 million children’s lives by reducing under-5 mortality rates by more than a third.
  • Double the number of babies born HIV-free.
  • Support the prevention of more than 12 million new HIV infections; provide direct support for more than 4 million people on treatment; and support care for more than 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children.
  • Reduce the burden of malaria by 50 percent for 450 million people.
  • Save approximately 1.3 million lives by reducing TB prevalence by 50 percent.
  • Save approximately 360,000 women’s lives by reducing maternal mortality by 30 percent.
  • Improve reproductive health and child nutrition.
  • And reduce the prevalence of seven neglected tropical diseases by half among 70 percent of the affected population, including eliminating three diseases – including leprosy – entirely.

Treatment alone will not end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The key to ending this epidemic is to reduce the number of those who become HIV-positive in the long-term – and that must be done by improving their overall health and the health systems around them.  The U.S. is committed to support the South African government’s enhanced HIV prevention strategy and to align our programs with the South African response, engaging multiple civil society stakeholders in the process.

Sharon Hudson-Dean
Press Attaché
American Embassy Pretoria
27-12-431-4000, ext. 4659
27-12-342-2090 Fax
27-79-111-8276 Cell
HudsonDeanS@state.gov

Date published: 
Thursday, 17 June, 2010
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