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May 05, 2011

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PEPFAR’s Partnership With the Global Fund Improves the Response to HIV/AIDS

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Cross-posted from the State Department Blog)

This week in Johannesburg, South Africa, PEPFAR is convening its annual meeting. U.S. Government global health leaders and staff are working together to identify opportunities to build on the impressive achievements our programs have made so far. Throughout the week here on Dipnote, I am providing updates on our collaboration to further our vision of partnership, efficiency, and innovation for sustained impact through PEPFAR.

As we wrap up this year's meeting in Johannesburg, today we have focused on what we can do to advance the vision of shared responsibility at the country level. As I have described, we are working to reach the point where our partner countries have ownership of the full continuum of response. This encompasses the work going on at every level -- including various levels of public facilities, as well contributions of faith-based organizations, the private sector and others to the health system. It also includes our PEPFAR resources and expertise.

And it definitely includes resources provided through grants provided through the mechanism of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Through our contribution to the Global Fund, the United States is able to support the delivery of significant and concrete health results; expand the geographic reach of and enhance bilateral efforts; catalyze international investment in AIDS, TB, and malaria; build capacity, country ownership, and sustainability; and demonstrate political commitment to international cooperation.

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May 02, 2011

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Preventing HIV Infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Cross-posted from the State Department Blog)

This week I am traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that, while facing many challenges, is home to families who are seeking to build a better future. Health is an important part of a better future for the DRC, and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) is a key example of a health care service that can strengthen families and communities.

PMTCT provides a triple benefit: in addition to preventing an infant from being infected with HIV, a program can also provide antiretroviral treatment to keep the mother alive, which in turn prevents her other children from being orphaned. So PMTCT is a smart investment -- it has an impressive impact, and is strikingly cost-effective as well.

Led by the U.S. through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the world has made dramatic progress on PMTCT over the last decade. Tragically, the DRC has not been able to participate in this improvement. According to 2007 demographic and health survey (DHS) data, an estimated 70 percent of pregnant women give birth in facilities. However, only an estimated 2.2 percent of pregnant women have access to PMTCT services, including HIV testing.

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April 04, 2011

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PEPFAR and Ukraine: A Partnership To Stop the Spread of HIV

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Cross-posted from the State Department Blog)

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I recently visited Ukraine for the first time in my role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. I was pleased to have the opportunity to return to Ukraine, a country where I have spent considerable time working to strengthen HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

Ukraine is currently experiencing the most severe HIV epidemic in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. UNAIDS estimates that 1.1 percent of adults in Ukraine are living with HIV and an estimated 350,000 adults and children are currently infected -- slightly over half of which are cases reported in women. The vast majority of reported HIV cases in Ukraine have occurred in most-at-risk populations, particularly people who inject drugs, and injecting drug use continues to be the main driver of the epidemic.

Under PEPFAR, the United States has supported Ukraine in making concrete progress in fighting HIV/AIDS and these efforts are saving lives. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. supported HIV counseling and testing for approximately 43,300 individuals, and care and support for 13,900 people living with HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.

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March 31, 2011

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Peace Corps Volunteers Are Leaders in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Cross-posted from the State Department Blog)

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, and I would like to thank the thousands of volunteers who have responded to the HIV/AIDS crisis, one of the most serious threats to global health and development. The Peace Corps is a key partner and implementer of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is working around the globe to save lives and promote a more secure world.

When PEPFAR was announced in 2003, Peace Corps was recognized as a key partner in the U.S. government's response to the global AIDS pandemic. Today, nearly 2,500 volunteers are working on PEPFAR-supported HIV programs in 46 countries. Many Peace Corps volunteers work on HIV education initiatives during their service. The Peace Corps currently trains all volunteers who serve in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to be advocates and educators for HIV prevention, care, and support.

Volunteers will continue to be first responders in local communities, dealing with the unfolding tragedies in the villages were they serve. Volunteers' “can do” attitudes mean that they find ways to “make do.” Where others may see a lack of resources, Peace Corps volunteers see a challenge and they respond with creative solutions. They contribute a clear understanding of what really works to fight the spread of disease and alleviate suffering.

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March 30, 2011

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An Update on PEPFAR in Côte d’Ivoire

By Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Cross-posted from the State Department Blog)

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The situation in Côte d'Ivoire is extremely precarious and volatile, yet the U.S. government remains committed to supporting Côte d'Ivoire's fight against HIV/AIDS through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR has a long history of working in Côte d'Ivoire and other countries in conflict. In these settings, PEPFAR partners have exhibited incredible courage and dedication, working in challenging environments to ensure HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care services.

In the face of the current circumstances in Côte d'Ivoire, PEPFAR partners have led heroic efforts to keep life-saving programs running. I am committed to doing everything in my power to continue to support PEPFAR's vital work. My colleagues and I take this duty extremely seriously, as we recognize that the lives of people depend on our continued support for essential services.

At PEPFAR, we are working to find real solutions to the variety of challenges our partners are facing in Côte d'Ivoire. Unfortunately, with the reports of spreading violence and instability, the safety of partners and program beneficiaries is a major concern.

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