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PEPFAR: Ten Years of Saving Millions of Lives

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Ten years ago today, the United States Congress, in a remarkable display of compassion and bipartisanship, passed overwhelmingly legislation that established an historic and transforming global health program now known as PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. At the time that PEPFAR was conceived of and then established during the George W….

Moving Forward on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Col. Nelson Michael

“It will take 10 years.” That is what researchers usually say when asked how much longer it will take to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine. Some of the world’s brightest minds have been on this quest for 30 years, yet we still do not have an HIV vaccine to use today. Recent clinical…

A Critical Tool Toward Creating an AIDS-Free Generation

Woman Feeds Her Baby a Bottle of Formula

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the many exceptional women in our lives and around the globe. Today, and every day, we are grateful for — and indebted to — the billions of mothers and other women who serve as the glue that keeps our families and communities together. Unfortunately, in the fight against AIDS, women…

Supporting Children Is Vital To Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation

AIDS orphans

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa The impact of HIV and AIDS on children is devastating. To date, an estimated 16 million children have lost one or both parents due to AIDS, 90 percent of whom…

World Health Day: Meeting the Challenges That Affect Us All

World Health Day

As we recognize World Health Day  today, we are reminded that disease knows no borders and that we share a common interest in global health concerns including seeing a generation without AIDS, ending preventable child deaths, and building and strengthening sustainable health systems to meet the health challenges that affect us all. The U.S. government has been…

World Tuberculosis Day: Confronting TB/HIV Co-Infection

TB Patient

This Sunday, March 24, is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Around the world, countries will mark the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacterium that causes TB. Since the 1980s, this day has also served as a rallying call to raise public awareness and recommit political will toward eliminating the disease….

On the Road to an AIDS-Free Generation

PEPFAR Clinic

2012 was an extraordinary year (PDF 707KB). As of September 30, 2012, PEPFAR directly supported lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for nearly 5.1 million people — a nearly three-fold increase since 2008. PEPFAR also supported drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission for nearly 750,000 HIV-positive women in 2012 alone, allowing approximately 230,000 infants to be born HIV-free, and…

Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy

Child vaccine

I was honored to be asked by Secretary Clinton to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy. I am proud to serve my country in this capacity while also remaining the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. I am equally delighted that a skilled and seasoned diplomat like Ambassador Leslie Rowe has agreed to join me in…