Partnering to Achieve Epidemic Control in South Sudan

Date: 08/14/2015 Description: PEPFAR South Sudan logo © PEPFAR

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The United States is proud to support South Sudan’s leadership in the national HIV/AIDS response. PEPFAR is supporting the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to maximize the quality, coverage, and impact of the national HIV/AIDS response through direct service delivery and technical assistance. Despite significant challenges in the public health system, exacerbated by ongoing civil conflict, PEPFAR and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation in South Sudan.

Since 2012, PEPFAR has been implementing the Treatment Bridge, an interim emergency funding plan that provides technical assistance to treatment sites and secures essential commodities amid significant shortages. Working together with the Government of the Republic of South Sudan; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and other development partners, PEPFAR is aligning investments to scale up evidence-based interventions in the geographic areas and populations with the highest burden of HIV/AIDS–in line with PEPFAR 3.0.Specific priorities include

  • Improving the availability and quality of HIV services for key and vulnerable populations
  • Strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and health information systems to build an evidence-base for the national HIV/AIDS response
  • Supporting high-quality laboratory services to better diagnose, treat, and monitor HIV/AIDS
  • Expanding treatment for all pregnant women living with HIV to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission
  • Scaling up treatment and retention activities for eligible adults and children

HIV/AIDS in South Sudan 

Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20144


Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20144


Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20144


Estimated antiretroviral treatment coverage (adults ages 15+), 20145


Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who received antiretroviral medications for prevention of mother-to-child transmission, 20145



Saving Lives

In 2015, PEPFAR supported the following achievements in South Sudan:

  • Life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 16,952 people
  • HIV testing and counseling for 79,282 people
  • Antiretroviral medications for 1,447 pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission

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

PEPFAR Planned Funding in South Sudan, 2007-2015 (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). South Sudan: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from

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

4. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards, 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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