-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of lives
worldwide have been improved and saved through the U.S. President's
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, an Institute of Medicine report
The plan's success shows that HIV/AIDS services can be
effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries that have
high rates of HIV/AIDS and limited resources, according to the
congressionally mandated evaluation.
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) plan was
established in 2003 and has supported HIV/AIDS programs in more
than 100 countries. This new report is based on visits to 13
partner countries and a review of program documentation and
"During our visits to partner countries, we repeatedly heard PEPFAR described as a lifeline," report committee chair Robert Black, chair of the department of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in an Institute of Medicine (IOM) news release. "People credit the initiative with restoring hope. As it moves forward, PEPFAR must continue to be bold in its vision, implementation, and global leadership."
Working with a number of international and local partners,
PEPFAR has helped expand HIV testing, increased the number of HIV
patients who receive care and treatment with antiretroviral drugs,
and expanded services to prevent HIV transmission from mothers to
their children, the report said.
The program has trained hundreds of thousands of health service
providers, strengthened partner countries' health care systems, and
supported programs for orphans and other children living with or
affected by HIV, the AIDS-causing virus.
In the future, PEPFAR must boost efforts to help partner
countries develop the capacity to manage their own HIV/AIDS
programs, maintain the gains they have made in controlling the
disease, and improve citizens' access to services, the report
The IOM is a non-profit, non-governmental agency charged with
providing unbiased advice to the public and policy makers.
Here's where you can learn more about the
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
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