investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum.
's 2014 report "Strategies for Identifying and Linking HIVInfected Infants, Children, and Adolescents to HIV Care and Treatment" made clear to PEPFAR
OVC Specialist Alpha Chapendama that the OVC program needed innovation and aggressiveness in identifying and linking children to HIV care.
The goal of the program was (and is) to improve the skills of laboratory professionals in PEPFAR
countries by guiding them through improvement projects.
During our visits to partner countries, we repeatedly heard PEPFAR
described as a lifeline," said Robert Black, MD, MPH, chair of the report's authoring committee and chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
After initial successes providing care to HIV-positive patients, supporting orphans and pregnant women, and helping locally-based groups spread awareness and erase stigma, Bush doubled PEPFAR
funding in 2008.
Dybul may be best known for playing a key role in creating, and later leading, PEPFAR
- the largest global health initiative ever undertaken to address a single disease, which is widely credited with helping reverse the trend of AIDS, reducing new infection in many countries.
From San Francisco to Boston, I met people young and old, Republican and Democrat, who may not have agreed with me on all issues, but who voiced unflinching support for programs like PEPFAR
They fully endorse making HIV counseling and testing--as well as referrals for prevention of mother-to-child transmission and HIV care and treatment services--available in family planning programs, and they endorse the use of PEPFAR
funds for this purpose.
Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), at the Department of State (State), coordinates PEPFAR
After six years of billions of dollars of conditional HIV and AIDS funding from the US PEPFAR
program, the landscape for FBOS and HIV is incontrovertibly altered, and not all for the good.
1) According to an analysis of annual survey data from 16 countries funded by PEPFAR
, annual spending on antiretroviral drugs almost doubled between 2005 and 2008, from $117 million to $202 million, with spending on generic medications increasing from 9% ($11 million) to 76% ($155 million) of the total drug expenditure per year.
Our research and analysis reveals that the narrow vision of prevention and the structural obstacles created during the Bush administration's management of PEPFAR
have had a harmful impact on the country's ability to effectively prevent HIV transmission.