Today is World AIDS Day, and President Obama’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is promoting the theme “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.”
The theme captures the core elements of how we will achieve an AIDS-free generation. Success for PEPFAR is measured in lives saved. This will be determined by how effectively we focus and tailor our efforts to work together to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world.
PEPFAR-supported programs have created new hope for millions, and scientific advances have brought the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation within sight. Together with our partners, the U.S. is working toward this ambitious goal with unprecedented levels of transparency, accountability, and impact.
No one entity alone can create an AIDS-free generation. It will take all of us working together to get there. PEPFAR, in partnership with the UK’s Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) on August 6 during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
ACT is an ambitious $200 million initiative to double the number of children receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) across 10 priority African countries over the next two years, PEPFAR officials said in a post on the PEPFAR website August 6. This investment will enable 300,000 more children living with HIV to receive ART, according to the post.
On October 24, 2014, Secretary Kerry also announced the partnership between PEPFAR and Elton John AIDS Foundation to help meet the goal of an AIDS-free generation at the Department of State. To watch the video announcement, click here.