PEPFAR is part of a shared global responsibility to address global health needs. The goal of creating an AIDS-free generation cannot be accomplished by any single actor alone. Rather, it requires multiple organizations working together to provide financing, demonstrate political will, carry out interventions both in and out of the health sector and, most importantly, involve those infected and affected by the virus.
The U.S. Government has considered both bilateral and multilateral efforts essential in achieving durable success in the fight against AIDS. Its success has been closely linked to the success of multilateral initiatives such as the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), and long-standing multilateral organizations including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization. PEPFAR is expanding its multilateral engagement with the goal of strengthening these institutions and leveraging their work to maximize the impact of PEPFAR.
Recognizing that partnerships are needed to sustain programs for the long-term, Congress authorized PEPFAR to promote public-private partnerships (PPP) as a priority element of U.S. strategy to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other global health crises. PEPFAR has fostered public-private partnerships that support and complement its prevention, care, and treatment work.
Finally, as we transition PEPFAR-supported HIV efforts from an emergency response to a more sustainable effort, we need to develop the expertise necessary for evidence-based decision making on the local level. This expertise will empower countries to lead health programs and fulfill their responsibility for the health of their people.
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