The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a multi-national manufacturer of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, and biotechnology products, are working together in support of the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive (Global Plan). The Global Plan was announced during the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS and includes a detailed timetable for action at community, national, regional and global levels to ensure rapid progress towards elimination of new HIV infections in children by 2015 and keeping HIV positive mothers alive.
As a part of their joint commitment to the Global Plan, PEPFAR and J&J will collaborate together to support opportunities that coordinate efforts and mobilize partners to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT).
Efforts to mobilize partners will include: 1) convening corporate funders, private foundations, and bilateral and multilateral institutions to share, discuss, coordinate activities, and invest in strategically aligned activities; 2) responding to specific requests to advance the Global Plan, including but not limited to costing and planning; and 3) disseminating information and key resources to country teams and stakeholders about efforts to achieve elimination of mother-to-child transmission
In addition to collaboration on the Global Plan, PEPFAR and J&J also have a partnership to develop management and leadership skills for African healthcare workers: the Partnership for Management Development (PMD). Using a team-based approach with a strong mentoring component, the PMD enables African ministries of health to entrench effective and efficient healthcare delivery practices within their systems. The PMD focuses on EMTCT as an entry point to the healthcare system, although the plans and issues addressed are based on key healthcare challenges and priorities for African ministries. By training African government officials, the PMD hopes to build a strong, integrated health system that recognizes the unique challenges of EMTCT.
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