The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) seeks to develop public-private partnerships (PPPs) to bring HIV/AIDS interventions to scale, enhance the effectiveness of programs, and fully integrate the initiative into the future health and development plans of partner countries. PEPFAR defines public-private partnerships as collaborative endeavors that combine resources from the public sector with resources from the private sector to accomplish the goals of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
The Power of Partnership:
PPPs bring outside resources to bear on areas of local need. PPPs contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS by:
PPPs enable the U.S. Government (USG) and private sector entities to maximize their efforts through jointly-defined objectives, program design and implementation. These mutually-beneficial arrangements enhance local and international capacity to deliver high-quality health services and prevention programs, and leverage the core competencies of each sector to multiply their impact.
Potential private sector partners include a wide range of organizations: U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, business and trade associations, labor unions, foundations, and philanthropic leaders, including venture capitalists. PEPFAR engages the private sector in various ways, and many countries are actively and creatively pursuing this objective.
Future directions for Public-Private Partnerships
PEPFAR is leading an unprecedented scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, but the work of the USG alone is not enough. Much more must be done in collaboration with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and people living with HIV/AIDS. PEPFAR recognizes that broader partnerships – with multilateral organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria or the World Bank’s Multi-Country AIDS Programme (MAP) – are viable options in areas where all entities are working towards common goals. Additionally, there is potential to engage other developed-country governments in PEPFAR’s current and future partnerships.
PEPFAR at Work
The following examples illustrate the diversity of PEPFAR’s PPPs in support of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs:
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