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Cross-posted from White House Blog, December 1, 2017
Today, on World AIDS Day, we are at an unprecedented moment in the global HIV/AIDS response. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to control a pandemic without a vaccine or a cure. Controlling the pandemic will lay the groundwork for eventually eliminating or eradicating HIV, which will be possible through continued and future scientific breakthroughs.
The United States, under the leadership of President Donald Trump and working alongside other governments, private sector companies, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society and faith-based organizations, people living with HIV, and many others – continues to lead the way in the HIV/AIDS response.
Yesterday, the United States announced that its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reached historic highs – preventing more HIV infections and saving more lives than ever before, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments.
One big reason for our success is that, over the years, we have refined our approach and expanded our impact based on the latest science and the best available data. The result is enormous cost-efficiency – ensuring we are having the greatest possible impact with each dollar entrusted to us through the compassion and generosity of the American people. Over the past year we have eliminated duplication, streamlined business practices and shifted resources to serve those most in need and implement the most impactful interventions.