World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis

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Did you know that tuberculosis is 2nd only to HIV/AIDS in global deaths due to infectious diseases and that at least 1/3 of the nearly 36 million people living with HIV/AIDS are also infected with TB?

Today, Monday, March 24, 2014, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) joins the international community in commemorating World TB Day and those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.

Learn more by reading DipNote and visiting PEPFAR.gov, and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #AIDSFreeGen and #WorldTBDay.

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: New Year, New Results for Maternal Health

Did you know that mothers living with HIV are eight times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than other pregnant women? A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa are due to HIV.

That’s one reason why new results from Saving Mothers, Giving Life, a public-private partnership including U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), are so encouraging. Saving Mothers, Giving Life plays a critical role in Uganda and Zambia,  In one year alone, this partnership helped to cut maternal deaths due to childbirth in areas of these two countries by 30-35 percent — a truly remarkable achievement.

Read more about this innovative public-private partnership on DipNote!

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.

Stay tuned for the full video.

Ambassador Eric Goosby participates in a live Google+ Hangout on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. 

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Watch the hangout live today at 2:00 PM EDT on Google+ or YouTube.
Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. 

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Watch the hangout live today at 2:00 PM EDT on Google+ or YouTube.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. 

Through PEPFAR Support, One Million Babies Born HIV-Free

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

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. Watch the hangout live on Thursday June 20 on Google+ or the State Dept Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

Where are we in the global fight against AIDS? Find out in a live Google+ Hangout with Ambassador Eric Goosby on PEPFAR and the battle against HIV. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AIDSFreeGen and submit your questions now on Google+ at http://goo.gl/AXZZC. Watch the hangout live on Thursday June 20 on Google+ or the State Dept Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosts the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th Anniversary Celebration at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosts the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th Anniversary Celebration at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

PEPFAR: Ten Years of Saving Millions of Lives
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. Bush administration, the world was witnessing first-hand the destruction of an entire generation of individuals in the prime years of their lives and the reversal of remarkable health and development gains, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and to a lesser extent in other developing nations. Rates of new HIV infections were rising rapidly, and hospitals, communities, and families were often too under-resourced and overwhelmed to cope with the enormity of this burden. At that time in 2003, despite the availability of life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in most countries in the developed world, in southern Africa and other regions of the developing world, an HIV diagnosis meant a virtual death sentence, since few had access to such drugs.

Today, as we mark the 10th anniversary of PEPFAR, the situation has changed dramatically. MORE

Strengthening Health Systems for an AIDS-Free Generation: The MEPI Story
 

During a World Health Assembly side meeting on May 20, I joined U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and leaders from across Africa to highlight the contributions the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is making in meeting the priorities of national ministries of health.

In 2010, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) embarked on this bold new initiative — MEPI — to build sustainability through funding commitments, support, and integration with national health efforts including national Human Resources for Health Strategies and Implementation Plans.  There is a critical need for improved human resources for health capacities, both in terms of absolute numbers of those delivering services and the quality of their preparation to do so.  Therefore, in collaboration with partner governments, PEPFAR, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources Services Administration committed to investing $130 million to strengthen medical educational capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.  MORE