15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
When PEPFAR was announced by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address, an HIV diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence in many countries, and entire families and communities were falling ill. Faced with this devastation, the United States government responded, resoundingly.
Today, death and despair have been overwhelmingly replaced with hope and life. The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has not only saved and improved millions of lives, but also transformed the global HIV/AIDS response. When PEPFAR began, only 50,000 people in Africa were on lifesaving HIV treatment. PEPFAR now supports more than 13.3 million people on treatment globally.
To mark our 15th anniversary, we have launched #PEPFAR15, a year-long campaign under the theme “15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships.” The campaign highlights the tremendous impact, efficiency, and accountability of the U.S. government’s longstanding HIV/AIDS leadership across three administrations, made possible by the generosity of the American people.
It also celebrates our strong partnerships with foreign governments, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society and faith-based organizations, people living with HIV, and many others to move the global HIV/AIDS epidemic from crisis toward control.
As we mark #PEPFAR15, we are also firmly focused on the future, on making what once seemed impossible possible. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to control a pandemic without a vaccine or a cure, laying the groundwork for eventually eliminating or eradicating HIV. Thanks to the goodwill and compassion of the American people, we are closer than ever to ending AIDS as a public health threat around the world.