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Secretary Reaffirms U.S. Commitment To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation Through PEPFAR

In a meeting with top African and global health leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to assist countries in realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation and reaching their broader health goals through [PEPFAR] and the Global Fund to Fight, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “To further this momentum, the secretary announced the establishment of PEPFAR Country Health Partnerships,” Goosby notes, adding, “Building on the success of PEPFAR’s 22 Partnership Frameworks, PEPFAR Country Health Partnerships will advance the principle of country ownership — in which President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and I believe so strongly — by further empowering countries as they work to improve the health of their citizens and achieve an AIDS-free generation at home.” Goosby states, “Never before have we had so much momentum, such clear science to guide our way, and so many partners from various sectors driving in the same direction” (9/30).