World AIDS Day

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Controlling the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID is at the forefront of the global HIV response.
Despite COVID-19 barriers, USAID continues to provide access to life-saving treatment to people living with HIV
Currently, USAID is supporting 6.1 million people with antiretroviral therapy.
Through PEPFAR, USAID has
provided HIV testing and counseling to 167 million people,
identified 7.6 million new HIV cases,
and provided 5.6 million orphans and vulnerable children with HIV services.
This work is possible through partnerships with more than 140 local organizations.
Looking ahead, USAID will
simplify service delivery models for multi-disease responses,
implement strategic health financing and private-sector solutions,
improve pandemic readiness and response,
develop client-centered supply chain solutions,
and build adolescent and youth resilience.
USAID is committed to ensuring communities in need have the support and resources to control
and ultimately end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

USAID commemorates this year’s World AIDS Day by celebrating the efforts of Missions and implementing partners who have worked tirelessly to maintain, and in some cases, to accelerate, the work of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), even as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID has been a lead implementer of PEPFAR since it was launched by President George W. Bush in 2003, currently managing programming in more than 50 countries.

Over the past 17 years, USAID has leveraged strategic partnerships and global health expertise to help control one of the world’s most serious public health challenges. Currently, USAID programming is providing approximately 6.1 million people with access to life-saving medication, and three-month medication packages to 2.9 million people.

Since the start of PEPFAR, USAID has:

  • provided HIV testing and counselling to 167 million people;
  • identified 7.6 million new HIV cases;
  • ensured more than 5.6 million orphans and vulnerable children and their families received care and support; and,
  • provided more than 190,000 (Fiscal Years 2018-2020) people with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV

Additionally, each year, more than 1.2 million individuals in key populations, who are most at risk of contracting HIV, are reached with HIV prevention interventions through USAID support.

These incredible efforts would not have been possible without the valuable partnerships we have forged with governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, civil society, and people living with HIV/AIDS. In line with the Journey to Self-Reliance’s goal of mobilizing local resources and strengthening sustainability and the 2018 call by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator to move at least 70 percent of our PEPFAR programming to local partners on the ground, USAID has increased its local partner awards by 85 percent, resulting in a total of 140 local partners.

Looking ahead, USAID will:

  • Simplify service delivery models for multi-disease responses
  • Implement strategic health financing and private-sector solutions
  • Improve pandemic readiness and response
  • Develop client-centered supply chain solutions
  • Build adolescent and youth resilience

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