Policy leaders of five organizations addressing global health issues wrote a column published in Devex Monday calling on the White House to set new HIV treatment and prevention targets for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Signed by representatives of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the ONE Campaign; amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Education & Research Foundation Center for Global Health Policy, which produces this blog, the column cites PEPFAR accomplishments driven by past White House set targets, notes the lead program confronting HIV around the world has operated without targets for the last two years and goes on to explain why targets now are more essential than ever.
Read the first three paragraphs below. The column in its entirety is on the Devex site.
Right things, right places, right targets — right now
Over the past decade, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — in partnership with other countries and financing mechanisms — has helped change the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic. By providing unprecedented levels of support for antiretroviral treatment, prevention and care services, the program averted millions of infections and deaths in men, women and children around the world.
A key component of PEPFAR’s enduring success has been its deliberate focus on setting specific, measurable treatment and prevention targets; investing funding to meet and surpass those targets; and building upon prior success by setting ambitious new targets to drive even greater impact in the future.
Yet right now, PEPFAR is operating without targets. In fact, the program has been without targets since December 2013, when the most recent set of targets expired. . . .Continue reading here.