Partnering to Achieve Epidemic Control in Ethiopia


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Date: 03/30/2016 Description: PEPFAR Ethiopia Logo - State Dept Image

The United States is proud to support Ethiopia’s leadership in the global HIV/AIDS response. With strong support from the national government, civil society, and development partners, Ethiopia has made notable progress toward epidemic control – the point at which new HIV infections have decreased and fall below the number of AIDS-related deaths.

PEPFAR collaborates with the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) to maximize the quality, coverage, and impact of the national response to HIV/AIDS. Working together with the GOE, PEPFAR is aligning investments to scale up interventions that are most effective in the areas and populations with the highest burden of HIV/AIDS – in line with PEPFAR 3.0.1 Specific priorities include

  • Targeting HIV combination prevention activities with a focus on key and vulnerable populations, including HIV testing and counselling, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and treatment retention
  • Scaling up early infant diagnosis and care for pediatric patients
  • Strengthening the health and social welfare system and workforce, including community structures, to support orphans and vulnerable children
  • Supporting health systems and ensuring sustainability of services in the future, including investments in the national blood transfusion service, supply chain strengthening, strategic information, human resources for health, and health care financing reform


HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia

Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20142


Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20142


Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20143


Estimated antiretroviral treatment coverage (adults ages 15+), 20142


Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who receive antiretroviral medications for PMTCT, 20142


Saving Lives

In 2015, PEPFAR supported the following achievements in Ethiopia:

  • Life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 381,691 people
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention for 11,307 men 
  • Testing and counseling for over 6.6 million people
  • Care and support for 756,944 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Antiretroviral medications for 18,064 pregnant women living with HIV to reduce mother-to-child transmission

Get the most up-to-date data on program results, expenditures, and planned funding at

PEPFAR Planned Funding in Ethiopia, 2004-2015 (USD in Millions)4

























1. Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. (2014). PEPFAR 3.0 - Controlling the epidemic: Delivering on the promise of an AIDS-free generation. Washington, DC: Author.

2. UNAIDS. (2014). Ethiopia: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved December 8, 2015, from

3. UNAIDS. (2015). How AIDS changed everything. Geneva, Switzerland: Author.

4. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards and, which represent planned new bilateral funding initially approved in the PEPFAR Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COPs/ROPs) each fiscal year. As additional funding may be approved and made available after the initial COPs/ROPs submission, or to PEPFAR-supported countries that are not required to submit an annual COP/ROP, data on the Dashboards may not represent the final PEPFAR programmatic funding level in countries each fiscal year. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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