We are excited to be at #ungawith @unaidsglobal, #ugandanPresident Yoweri Museveni, and heads of state and governments from many other partner countries. These include #Lesotho, #Malawi, #Swaziland, #Zambia, and #zimbabwe– 5 countries that recent PEPFAR results show are approaching control of their HIV/AIDS epidemics. Together, with host countries, @globalfund to Fight #tband #Malaria, UNAIDS, and other partners, we have the unique opportunity to accelerate progress toward achieving #hiv #aidsepidemic control in a number of high-burden countries by 2020, while continuing PEPFAR’s support to HIV/AIDS efforts in more than 50 countries.
The new PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), launched earlier this week by U.S. Secretary of State Rex #Tillerson, charts a bold course for controlling the epidemic in up to 13 high-burdened countries by 2020, creating the road map for all PEPFAR-supported countries. PEPFAR will support these 13 countries to reach 95 percent of people living with HIV who know their status, 95 percent of people who know their status accessing treatment, and 95 percent of people on treatment having suppressed viral loads across all ages, genders, and at-risk groups in the next three years. Epidemic control will only be attained when all of these targets are met for adults and #children.
The U.S. government remains the world’s leader in responding to HIV/AIDS. This Strategy demonstrates both the courage of our convictions and the boldness of our ambitions. But we cannot – and do not –do this alone. All partners – from governments, the private sector, #philanthropy, multilateral institutions, civil society, #thefaith community, and others – are absolutely critical if we, as a global community, are to control, and ultimately end, this pandemic.
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