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New Report: Global AIDS Response Is Changing Epidemic, Improving Health Outcomes Beyond AIDS
Report Urges Continued Scale-Up of AIDS Investments to Capitalize on Broader Health System Benefits

November 30, 2009

Washington -- A new issue brief released today by amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Center for Global Health Policy highlights the opportunity to build on the tangible results of a global health success story, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The report shows that PEPFAR, along with other global AIDS initiatives, has led to significant declines in AIDS-related mortality; enhanced the treatment and prevention of other diseases, from malaria to tuberculosis; and strengthened primary care in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.

"The report comes as there are worrisome signs the U.S. government is considering a significant slowing in the scale-up of global AIDS prevention and treatment," said Chris Collins, amfAR's vice president and director for public policy. "A retreat on our global AIDS commitments would jeopardize the gains we've made, leave millions without treatment and squander the chance to build broader health services on a program that has demonstrated significant impact."

Instead of pulling back, the report argues, U.S. policy makers and Obama administration officials crafting a new Global Health Initiative should leverage the achievements of the AIDS response, continue the accelerated scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and use these efforts as a foundation on which to build broader and more sustainable healthcare capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

"PEPFAR and other global AIDS programs have given more than four million people in resource-poor countries a second chance at life through access to medical care and antiretroviral drugs," said Center for Global Health Policy Director Christine Lubinski. "Going forward, PEPFAR can serve as a backbone for the revitalization of primary care in Africa, with AIDS care supporting the infrastructure for care of acute and chronic diseases in general."

Among the highlights of the report:

The report includes the following recommendations:

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