Guess Who Just Turned 10?!?
Yesterday, May 27, 2013, marked the tenth anniversary of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Before PEPFAR, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis left many without much hope for treatment. Ten years ago in 2003, people in developing countries did not have access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and life expectancy was grim for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. However, in the last decade, the program grew tremendously and simply put, PEPFAR directly supported estimated 5.1 million people to receive treatments around the world.
· Supported 117 health sites in HIV testing and counseling, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, care and treatment for HIV, TB, and prevention activities
· Tested and counseled 52,446 pregnant women for HIV
· 744 newborns received vital interventions to prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to child
· 8,753 people benefited from life-saving treatment for HIV
· 14 community based organizations were supported to provide psychosocial support and a vital link between patients and the health centers.