DATELINE CITY: 01 December, 2009 / Washington, D.C.
STORY SUMMARY: Remarks by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, briefs the press on the U.S. commitment to fight AIDS and the launch of PEPFAR's New Five-Year Strategy.
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Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Summary: 2009 PEPFAR Facts
IN: "In 2009 alone, PEPFAR has supported life-saving antiretroviral therapy for more than 2.4 million people, essential care to nearly 11 million people, and counseling and testing for nearly 29 million people. And through efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission, PEPFAR prevention of transmission from mother to child for 100,000 babies born to HIV-positive mothers in the past year alone, building upon the nearly 240,000 babies born HIV-free over the past five years." OUT (:38)
Summary: U.S. working with countries on the next stage to sustain the gains.
IN: "If we are to sustain the gains we've had and have made against this epidemic, PEPFAR must work in closer collaboration with country governments to support and mount a truly global response to the shared global burden of disease." OUT (:17)
Summary: Amb. Goosby outlines elements of PEPFAR's next phase at the local level.
IN: "We're going to begin transitioning from an emergency response to a sustainable one through greater engagement with and capacity building of governments. PEPFAR has already started this with its Partnership Framework activity, which is a five-year strategic plan developed in collaboration with our partner governments. But we need to do more, especially around supporting the creation of mid-level government capacity to oversee, manage and eventually finance these programs."
Summary: Amb. Goosby outlines elements of PEPFAR's next phase with an emphasis on prevention.
IN: "We're going to focus on prevention. We're going to scale up highly effective prevention interventions like male circumcision, prevention of mother-to-child transmission. We're going to work with countries to determine not just how many people are infected in their communities, in their countries, but where the new infections are occurring." OUT (:25)
Summary: Amb. Goosby outlines elements of PEPFAR's next phase with increased focus on regions.
IN: ".With treatment, we will continue a strategic scale-up of services to more than four million people. The focus will be on certain populations - the sickest, pregnant women, pregnant women in general who are HIV-positive, and HIV/TB co-infected individuals - while we work with both our country partners in the international community to continue to lower the price of commodities and distribute the costs of treatment among multiple funders.
As we carry out these prevention, care and treatment activities, we will do so with an eye toward how these activities strengthen the broader health system. We will work not only to continue our quality delivery of services and expansion of both care, treatment and prevention services, but we will also look to create a durable response that can benefit the entire healthcare system and continue the expansion and capability of services for what are often HIV-positive populations." OUT (01:03)
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