The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
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In 2003, PEPFAR was conceived as a way to deliver lifesaving services in countries being devastated by HIV and AIDS, but PEPFAR is now assisting these countries to control the HIV epidemic. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. government’s response to HIV global epidemic. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives and prevented millions of new HIV infections. As the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV crisis, PEPFAR works in over 50 countries. Worldwide, 14.6 million people are supported by PEPFAR with lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. Thanks to PEPFAR funding, more than 2.4 million babies have been born HIV-free to pregnant women living with HIV and are able to grow up with mothers who have been kept healthy and alive on antiretroviral therapy. More than 6.8 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers received assistance from PEPFAR programs. PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history, over $80 billion dollars since its inception, making the United States the world’s leader in HIV response.