World AIDS Day reminds us that HIV/AIDS remains a threat to global health and health security. With 650,000 people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related diseases in the past year, the United States government remains committed to working with our global partners to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Data released today by the US President from the Emergency Response Plan for AIDS (PEPFAR) shows that we are making steady progress to fill the gaps that continue to put people, particularly the most vulnerable populations, at risk. In the nearly 20 years since the program began, PEPFAR has saved 25 million lives. PEPFAR’s success is the result of nearly two decades of bipartisan support from presidential administrations and the US Congress. This unwavering support is evidenced by PEPFAR’s investment of more than $100 billion in the global fight to end HIV/AIDS. We will remain committed to sustainably supporting these efforts to help meet the goal of eradicating AIDS by 2030.
PEPFAR also relies on partnership. Since its inception, the program has built global partnerships with multilateral and public-private organizations, communities, governments and the private sector. Together, we have taken the bold actions needed to protect and advance global HIV/AIDS wins, and we will remain focused on these focused efforts amid the need to address other health crises around the world. Since 2020, our efforts have included supporting COVID-19 responses in PEPFAR countries by leveraging the robust public health and clinical platforms established by PEPFAR.
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Put Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Justice to End HIV’. It emphasizes accountability and action, and reaffirms the government’s commitment to ending HIV/AIDS at home and abroad through an approach focused on fighting inequalities, promoting equality and global assembly to recognize HIV as a global health threat to be completed by 2030.
Shortly before the 20thth On the anniversary of PEPFAR, guided by the PEPFAR Five Year Strategy released today, the United States Government will continue to support the global HIV/AIDS response with great determination and in close collaboration with our partners who share our commitment to saving lives and doing so end pandemic.