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Secretary Kerry commemorates 10th anniversary of PEPFAR

In remarks provided at the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th anniversary celebration, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that PEPFAR-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs had resulted in one million babies being born HIV-free. Secretary Kerry also announced that 13 countries had reached a “programmatic tipping point” where the number of new people receiving treatment was greater than the number of people newly infected. Finally, Secretary Kerry announced six countries (Cambodia, Ghana, Nepal, Senegal, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe) that would be the first recipients of the Key Populations Challenge Fund, a $20 million fund announced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2012 International AIDS Conference aimed at providing services to key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users, and sex workers.

Additional remarks marking the anniversary were provided by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY), Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services, and Tatu Msangi, Nursing Officer in Charge at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), Tanzania.

Additional Information:

  • State Department fact sheet: “Recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)”
  • PEPFAR press release: “Secretary of State John Kerry Marks Tenth Anniversary of PEPFAR”
  • State Department DipNote blog post: “Through PEPFAR Support, One Million Babies Born HIV-Free”
  • State Department DipNote blog post: “Reaching Key Populations: Essential to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation”