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Preventing HIV Infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Women in the Congo

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…

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

Ambassador Eric Goosby in the Ukraine

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…

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

Peace Corps members flying kits on a ocean bluff

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…

An Update on PEPFAR in Côte d’Ivoire

Clinic in The Ivory Coast

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…

World Tuberculosis Day: Fighting the TB/HIV Epidemics Through PEPFAR

Two clinicians examining x-rays for signs of TB

Today, we join the international community in recognizing World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Addressing TB is a major part of the work of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as TB is the most common opportunistic infection and the leading cause of death among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009,…

PEPFAR Programs Support African Efforts to Fight Global AIDS

AIDS wall mural from Johannesburg, South Africa

I just returned from a visit to three African nations, where I saw encouraging gains in the fight against HIV. In these countries, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is enabling countries to take leadership of the fight against HIV for their people. In Johannesburg, South Africa, I was part of a…

Moving Forward on Gender: PEPFAR’s Plans

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This past week, we celebrated International Women's Day. According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 15-44, and nearly 60 percent of the people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Throughout the week, PEPFAR highlighted its work in addressing gender and the…

PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund: At the Intersection of Gender and HIV

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This week, we celebrate International Women’s Day. According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 15-44, and nearly 60 percent of the people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Throughout the week, PEPFAR is highlighting its work in addressing gender and the…

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