Dear PEPFAR Colleagues and Friends,
Together, we have come a long way since the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Fifteen years ago, an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence in much of the developing world and the pandemic threatened to wipe out an entire generation in Africa. Today, thanks to the strong bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Congress and through three administrations and PEPFAR’s many partners, we are controlling the pandemic as a public health threat.
In this context, we are proud to release the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2018 Annual Report to Congress, which celebrates the extraordinary progress we have made with your support and demonstrates that, with continued commitment, we can end this pandemic once and for all. You can access the 2018 Annual Report to Congress at the following link: https://www.pepfar.gov/press/2018annualreport/index.htm
Due to the remarkable generosity of the American people, PEPFAR supports lifesaving HIV treatment for more than 13.3 million people, has enabled more than 2.2 million babies to be born HIV free to HIV-positive mothers, and assists more than 6.4 million orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers to ensure the next generation thrives. PEPFAR harnesses and uses the latest data and science to direct resources to have the greatest impact for every U.S. taxpayer dollar invested. This commitment to transparency, accountability, and impact is why PEPFAR is widely viewed as one of the most effective and efficient U.S. foreign assistance programs in history. Today PEPFAR also reached a new milestone in transparency in the global HIV/AIDS response by publicly releasing program results and implementing partner performance data for more than 40,000 PEPFAR-supported facilities spanning all of its 35 country and regional programs. To learn more about our partner performance data, please visit: https://www.pepfar.gov/press/releases/280328.htm
This year, as PEPFAR marks 15 years of saving lives through American generosity and partnerships, we have the opportunity, for the first time in modern history, to control a pandemic without a vaccine or a cure, laying the groundwork for eventually eliminating HIV. This will lead to healthier populations and a more secure and prosperous world for us all.
Deborah L. Birx
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Global HIV/AIDS
U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C.