Eleventh Annual Report to Congress on PEPFAR (2015)
In July 1999, the first report to Congress on the impact of AIDS in Africa stated: “AIDS is a plague of biblical proportion with far reaching consequences for us all.” At that time, no one could have imagined the impact of the bold and unprecedented leadership by President George W. Bush and the United States (U.S.) Congress that resulted in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR was a catalyst for investment and collaboration across communities and among nations, all in response to a single disease.
The return on this historic investment has been extraordinary. PEPFAR has saved millions of lives and prevented millions more HIV infections through life-saving prevention, care, and treatment services. It has kept over a million babies from being born with HIV and provided compassionate care and support for millions of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). PEPFAR’s impact far exceeds the reduction of suffering, death, and despair caused by one disease. PEPFAR has built infrastructure, strengthened local health systems, and provided invaluable lessons and experience that will continue to inform and improve responses to unforeseen health crises in the future.