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#PEPFAR15: 15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships: Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, and thanks to the generosity of the American people, 13 high-HIV-burden countries are now poised to achieve epidemic control by 2020. As outlined in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) launched by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, these efforts will create the roadmap to reach epidemic control in the more than 50 countries that PEPFAR supports.

Fifteen years ago, an HIV diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence in many countries, and entire families and communities were falling ill. Gains in global health and development were being lost. In the hardest-hit regions of sub-Saharan Africa, infant mortality doubled, child mortality tripled, and life expectancy dropped by 20 years. In some southern African countries, one-in-three adults were living with HIV and millions of orphans had been left behind.

Faced with this death and devastation, the United States government responded, resoundingly. On Jan. 28, 2003, President George W. Bush sent ripples of compassion and hope around the world by announcing “a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa” in his State of the Union address – namely, PEPFAR. The U.S. Congress acted swiftly, passing bipartisan legislation that authorized PEPFAR fewer than four months after this historic announcement.

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#PEPFAR15: 15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships: Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, and thanks to the generosity of the American people, 13 high-HIV-burden countries are now poised to achieve epidemic control by 2020. As outlined in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) launched by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, these efforts will create the roadmap to reach epidemic control in the more than 50 countries that PEPFAR supports.Fifteen years ago, an HIV diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence in many countries, and entire families and communities were falling ill. Gains in global health and development were being lost. In the hardest-hit regions of sub-Saharan Africa, infant mortality doubled, child mortality tripled, and life expectancy dropped by 20 years. In some southern African countries, one-in-three adults were living with HIV and millions of orphans had been left behind.Faced with this death and devastation, the United States government responded, resoundingly. On Jan. 28, 2003, President George W. Bush sent ripples of compassion and hope around the world by announcing “a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa” in his State of the Union address – namely, PEPFAR. The U.S. Congress acted swiftly, passing bipartisan legislation that authorized PEPFAR fewer than four months after this historic announcement.