“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”
PEPFAR is an important example of the successful collaboration between the United States (U.S.) and nations across the Continent of Africa. The shared commitment to save lives and change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic to achieve an AIDS-free generation was a part of the discussion at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held August 4-6, 2014. President Obama – joined by U.S. government, business, civil society, and other leaders – welcomed African leaders to the nation’s capital for this important summit. The unprecedented event not only demonstrated the U.S.’ commitment to the region, but also provided a key opportunity to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and African nations on individual and regional levels with a focus on shared priorities.
In 2013, 3.2 million children under the age of 15 were living with HIV globally – 91 percent of whom were in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, less than a quarter of them are receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Children living with HIV are 1/3 less likely to receive ART compared to adults. Without ART, half of the children living with HIV will die before their second birthday, and 80 percent will die before their fifth birthday.
On August 6, PEPFAR, in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. This ambitious $200 million initiative – supported with $150 million from PEPFAR and up to $50 million from CIFF – will double the total number of children receiving ART across ten priority African countries over the next two years. The ACT initiative will provide ART to at least 300,000 more children living with HIV that have among the highest burden of pediatric HIV, the lowest access to pediatric treatment, and the greatest disparity in treatment coverage for children compared to adults living with HIV globally. Press Release» White House Press Release»
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Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future
There were a broad range of topics that were discussed throughout the summit, with health being one of the most critical. “Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future” was a health signature event that convened senior U.S. and African leaders, including policymakers, for a discussion about aligning common goals for the U.S.-Africa global health partnerships in achieving an AIDS-free generation, advancing global health security, promoting science and health, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Storify Recap»
PEPFAR's Commitment to Health Systems Strengthening in Africa
PEPFAR has a longstanding collaboration with African nations and is committed to supporting evidence-based HIV programs. The commitment to health systems strengthening ensures that the investments made to date are sustainable. The acute shortage of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most significant constraints to the region's achievement of key health and development goals, including those related to HIV. Africa has the world's lowest health workforce density of approximately 2.17 per 1,000 people (WHO 2006). These shortages contribute directly to the region’s poor health outcomes, including the highest rates of maternal, infant, and under-five mortality – and the lowest life expectancy rate – in the world. The heavy burden of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa has placed an additional and overwhelming strain on already overstretched health systems throughout the region.
In 2010, in collaboration with partner governments, PEPFAR, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources Services Administration committed to investing $130 million to strengthen medical educational capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal was simple: as PEPFAR-supported HIV efforts continue to evolve from an emergency response to a more sustainable effort, we needed to help strengthen the in-country expertise and capacity for evidence-based decision making and service delivery. We saw a shortage of the number and distribution of qualified health workers who are able to respond to the needs of the population. We strongly believe that building this expertise will empower countries to lead their own health programs and better meet the health needs of their own people.
More about PEPFAR's approach toward Health Systems Strengthening in Africa:
President Obama (July 28, 2014): "...Over the last 20 years, HIV occurrence has been cut in half in Africa -- half. Tuberculosis and malaria deaths have been reduced by 40 percent and 30 percent respectively; 50 percent fewer women die giving birth; 50 million children’s lives have been spared. And most importantly, now what we’re doing is not just providing assistance through programs like PEPFAR, but we’re also empowering governments themselves to begin to set up public health infrastructure and networks, and training nurses and clinicians and specialists so that it becomes self-sufficient. So we’re making progress." Full Text»
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