PEPFAR is on Track to Deliver Yet More Results. 4/5/2017
Published by UNAIDS
Since its establishment in 2003, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has saved millions of lives. In 2016, around 11.5 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment through PEPFAR-funded programmes, including 1.1 million children. Nearly 2 million babies born to women living with HIV were born HIV-free, and 6.2 million orphans and other vulnerable children received care and support.
In addition, PEPFAR funding supported more than 11.7 million voluntary medical male circumcision procedures to help prevent HIV acquisition and one million adolescent girls and young women were reached through the DREAMS initiative in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
And PEPFAR is on track to continue to deliver yet more results. Through a series of consultations over the past three months, PEPFAR has completed planning for its 2017 funding cycle to support more than 30 countries through Country Operational Plans.
The final regional review meeting in the process—which involved around 250 partners, including senior government officials in implementing countries, civil society representatives and multilateral organizations—concluded on 29 April in Johannesburg, South Africa. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé addressed the opening plenary meeting, underscoring the vital role of PEPFAR in accelerating country efforts to control their epidemics and advance towards the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
PEPFAR’s investments in countries supports UNAIDS’ efforts to Fast-Track the response to HIV. The Fast-Track approach focuses on accelerating scale-up of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for the populations and locations most affected by the epidemic. The development and review of PEPFAR’s Country Operational Plans is a model for transparency, inclusion and country ownership, with senior government officials and people living with and affected by HIV involved in the process.
UNAIDS is a key partner, working closely with countries to leverage PEPFAR investments and accelerate progress towards prevention and treatment targets. Bringing together the diverse technical resources of the United Nations system, UNAIDS helps countries to strengthen data systems, focus national strategic plans, overcome bottlenecks to scale-up, and put in place an enabling policy and social environment for access to services, including by eliminating stigma and discrimination.