PEPFAR-supported smiling group of women in Mozambique [Sarah Day Smith/PEPFAR US Embassy Maputo]

About Us – PEPFAR

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Who We Are

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) [PDF] is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history, enabled by strong bipartisan support across nine U.S. congresses and three presidential administrations, and through the American people’s generosity.  PEPFAR shows the power of what is possible through compassionate, cost-effectiveness, accountable, and transparent American foreign assistance. 

Under the leadership of Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., PEPFAR is managed and overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. PEPFAR leverages the power of a whole-of-government approach to controlling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, implemented by seven other U.S. government departments and agencies:  the U.S Agency for International Development; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Service Administration, and the National Institutes of Health; the U.S. Department of Defense; the Peace Corps; the U.S. Department of Labor; the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

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What We Do

Since its inception in 2003, PEPFAR has invested over $85 billion in the global HIV/AIDS response, saving over 18 million lives, preventing millions of HIV infections, and accelerating progress toward controlling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The PEPFAR Strategy For Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) [PDF] provides a road map for accelerated implementation at scale in 13 high-burden countries with the greatest potential to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control by 2020. The Strategy also reaffirms PEPFAR’s continued support for more than 50 countries worldwide and our commitment to ensure all populations, including key populations and other vulnerable groups, can access HIV services. 

PEPFAR’s strategic rigor has allowed the program to significantly expand its lifesaving results and impact without increased financial resources over the past nine years. 

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PEPFAR’s investments also have strengthened the systems that drive effective, efficient, and sustainable health care. These investments create a lasting health system for partner countries to confront other current and future health challenges, enhance global health security, and protect America’s borders.

PEPFAR’s transformative, lifesaving impact is unassailable, but our mission is not yet finished. The HIV pandemic continues to evolve in every community and country and PEPFAR constantly adapts to address new risk groups, new health challenges, and persistent gaps.

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