Did you miss our Google+ Hangout on the fight against HIV/AIDS? Watch a replay of Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussing PEPFAR and the battle against HIV from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on June 20, 2013.
At the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we measure our progress with metrics that account for every program, dollar, and service received. While these indicators help us become more efficient and effective in the work we do, their significance pales when compared with the most important metric of all — a life saved. To save any life is a remarkable feat, but to spare a child from HIV is truly extraordinary.
That’s why Secretary Kerry’s June 18 announcement that a cumulative total of one million babies will have been born HIV-free this month due to direct PEPFAR support is so remarkable. One million babies born HIV-free. This achievement would have been unimaginable ten years ago when the U.S. Congress passed the legislation that created PEPFAR, yet today, we can celebrate this momentous milestone. MORE