Policy & Politics
PEPFAR Likely to Meet 2 Million Treatment Target, Bush Says
June 14, 2005
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is on track to meet its five-year target of providing antiretroviral treatment to two million people in developing countries, President Bush said on Tuesday during a press conference following a meeting at the White House with the presidents of five African countries, CQ HealthBeat reports (CQ HealthBeat, 6/13). PEPFAR is a five-year, $15 billion program that directs funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria primarily to 15 focus countries and provides funding to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/31). "Working with our African partners, we have now delivered lifesaving treatment to more than 200,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, and we're on our way to meeting an important ... five-year goal of providing treatment for nearly two million African adults and children," Bush said (CQ HealthBeat, 6/13). At a State Department press conference following Bush's meeting with the African presidents, U.S. Ambassador Randall Tobias, head of the department's Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, said PEPFAR has reached a "turning point" in the fight against HIV/AIDS and is exceeding its treatment targets, according to Washington File. As of March 31, PEPFAR has provided treatment for approximately 235,000 people through bilateral programs in its focus countries, Tobias said, adding that the program's annual goal has been exceeded by 35,000 people. Of the 235,000 people receiving treatment, more than 230,000 live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Tobias (Washington File, 6/13). Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul said PEPFAR is scaling up HIV testing services in its focus countries to meet its treatment target of two million people and is implementing new methods such as using door-to-door HIV testing with rapid HIV tests and targeting high-risk populations (CQ HealthBeat, 6/13). OGAC on Tuesday also released a fact sheet providing updated treatment information (OGAC fact sheet, 6/13).
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