Focus, Partner, Achieve: US Government in Action for World AIDS Day 2014
PEPFARPEPFAR observed World AIDS Day with the release of new data on its efforts and information about new initiatives and partnerships targeted to key populations:
- PEPFAR’s new human resources for health strategy includes a $116.5 million investment that will strengthen the capacity of health workers across Africa to address HIV/AIDS and other health threats.
- PEPFAR announced several partnerships:
- A $210 million initiative to reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women in up to 10 countries, through a partnership between the State Department, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nike Foundation.
- A $200 million effort with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation—the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative—over the next two years to double the number of children receiving antiretroviral treatment in 10 countries.
- A collaboration with the Pediatric HIV Treatment Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria on the Global Pediatric Antiretroviral Commitment-to-Action, which aims to accelerate the development of new high-priority pediatric antiretroviral treatments by 2017.
- A $21.5 million partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to advance the U.S. government’s effort to ensure data openness and transparency. The project will establish country-based, country-driven local data hubs to improve strategic planning, quality of care, and ultimately, health outcomes. Additional data are now available on the PEPFAR Dashboards.
- PEPFAR also released a new report titled PEPFAR 3.0 – Controlling the Epidemic: Delivering on the Promise of an AIDS-free Generation . The report documents the program’s progress and unveils PEPFAR’s strategy for working with partners to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
On November 24, HIV.gov hosted a national webinar on the importance of the ACA for people living with HIV (PLWH). The event was targeted to stakeholders serving disproportionately affected communities and featured speakers from key Federal domestic HIV programs to highlight how the ACA benefits PLWH, and inspire stakeholders to recognize World AIDS Day and to support efforts to enroll people living with or at risk for HIV in health coverage available through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period.
Key Federal Activities
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new issue of Vital Signs, which contains new data on the HIV epidemic in the United States.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a white paper: HIV Care Continuum: The Connection Between Housing and Improved Outcomes Along the HIV Care ContinuumExit Disclaimer .
- A video by Dr. Ronald Valdiserri which explains the Federal theme for 2014: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation
- Daily tips on event ideas for World AIDS Day on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
- Multiple blog posts, including those announcing the Vital Signs data release, and guest blogs by: Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS; David Stanton, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID; and a post by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Ambassador Jimmy Kolker from the HHS Office of Global Affairs.