Over the past 16 years, PEPFAR has had remarkable lifesaving results. As of September 30, 2018, the U.S. President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported antiretroviral treatment for more than 14.6 million people, including more than 700,000 children, helping secure the health and welfare of the family.
PEPFAR has enabled more than 2.4 million babies to be born HIV-free to mothers living with HIV. The program has provided critical care and support for 6.8 million orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers so they can survive and thrive.
PEPFAR has helped prevent HIV infection in men and boys, including by supporting nearly 18.9 million voluntary medical male circumcisions in eastern and southern Africa. Through the PEPFAR-led DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) public-private partnership, new HIV diagnoses among adolescent girls and young women declined by over 25 percent in greater than 60 percent of its intervention regions in ten countries; 85 percent of these regions showed additional declines in fiscal year 2018.
PEPFAR’s investments also have strengthened the systems that drive effective, efficient, and sustainable health care. PEPFAR has helped train nearly 270,000 health care workers in the last ten years to deliver and improve HIV care and other health services, creating a lasting health system inclusive of physical and human resource infrastructure for partner countries to confront other current and future health challenges.
In 2018, PEPFAR invested nearly $900 million on horizontal, above-site health systems strengthening, including over $141 million for horizontal laboratory systems. These efforts have improved the ability of countries with sizable HIV/AIDS burdens to swiftly address other outbreaks, such as Ebola, avian flu, and cholera, and strengthened the platform for global health security and protecting America’s borders.