U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Launches Five-Year Strategy Annexes

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 7, 2009

Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched three annexes to its recently-released PEPFAR Five-Year Strategy. The annexes include “PEPFAR and Prevention, Care and Treatment”; “PEPFAR and the Global Context of HIV”; “PEPFAR’s Contributions to the Global Health Initiative.” These documents provide additional detail on the high-level direction of PEPFAR outlined in the Five-Year Strategy.

The annex on “PEPFAR and Prevention, Care and Treatment” outlines how PEPFAR will build on successful HIV programs, as well as strengthen broader health systems. PEPFAR will not only continue quality delivery of HIV prevention, care and treatment services, but also create a durable response that can continue long into the future.

The annex on “PEPFAR and the Global Context of HIV” considers America’s commitment to HIV/AIDS in the broader global context. In the coming years, PEPFAR will work with partner country governments, bilateral partners, multilateral partners, and others to mount a true global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The annex on “PEPFAR’s Contributions to the Global Health Initiative” discusses how the Global Health Initiative will build upon the impressive results and momentum of PEPFAR and other U.S. Government health programs. Through the Global Health Initiative, PEPFAR will support countries in providing more efficient, integrated and sustainable health programs, and serve as a foundation upon which to link and integrate systems of care.

These annexes supplement the PEPFAR Five-Year Strategy, launched on December 1. The Strategy reflects lessons learned in the first five years of the program, expands existing commitments around service delivery, and places a heightened emphasis on sustainability. To access the PEPFAR Five-Year Strategy and Annexes, please visit www.PEPFAR.gov/strategy/.

Launched in 2003 by former President George W. Bush, PEPFAR is the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease. PEPFAR has achieved remarkable success in expanding access to HIV prevention, care and treatment in low-resource settings. As of September 30, 2009, PEPFAR directly supported antiretroviral treatment for over 2.4 million people. In FY 2009 alone, PEPFAR directly supported more than 11 million people with care and support programs. Throughout its history, PEPFAR supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs allowed nearly 340,000 babies of HIV-positive mothers to be born HIV-free.

PRN: 2009/1235