New York, New York
It's a pleasure to be here at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations joined by distinguished colleagues from the Mission, UNICEF, the Government of Uganda and BD. I want to thank everyone for making time for this event today.
World AIDS Day is a time to remember those we've lost and reflect on where we're going.
I am pleased to say that the U.S. commitment to HIV/AIDS is unwavering. President Barack Obama's PEPFAR budget request for this year is the largest in any President's budget to date.
A key principle of the President's Global Health Initiative is support for country ownership. We're aggressively working with governments and civil society in our partner countries, to build their capacity to oversee, manage, and ultimately - according to their resources - finance their programs. I'm glad the Ambassador from Uganda is here today and look forward to dialogue on this issue. I was pleased to hear that the Government of Uganda led a meeting last week with its development partners and Ugandan civil society to review the health sector's performance, and that the importance of country ownership and government leadership was emphasized during this meeting.
For the U.S., our World AIDS Day theme this year is "Smart Investments, Building on Success." The smarter we are about the prevention, treatment and care we provide, the greater the number of lives saved.
Our yardstick for measuring success is not dollars invested, but lives saved. Years of experience in the field have taught us how to better use every dollar invested in battling AIDS. These smart investments mean we are getting more value for our money - allowing us to do more on HIV/AIDS and the whole range of global health issues.
Let me offer a few examples of how we're maximizing the impact of our investments through PEPFAR.
First, we're saving lives and money by using more generic drugs.
Second, we're successfully implementing Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission programs.
Third, we're changing the way we ship medicines and pooling our procurement.
Fourth, we're staying on the cutting edge of prevention - for example, medical male circumcision promises a dramatic impact.
Finally, we're collaborating with other partners through the Global Fund mechanism.
We've had great success in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but the battle is far from over. The goal now must be to build on that success and continue to be smart about the investments we make.
This goal must be a shared responsibility of all of us concerned about defeating this devastating disease. We all have a shared responsibility to make smart investments that save more lives.
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