PEPFAR Unveils Ambitious Blueprint for AIDS-Free Generation
29 November 2012
GENEVA – The United States today unveiled a detailed Blueprint charting a course for the creation of an AIDS- free generation and appealed to all countries to contribute and help shoulder the effort.
The Blueprint also contains a call for more support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, including increased financial commitments. It described the Global Fund as a “critical multilateral vehicle” for enlisting public and private sector donors to support country-led responses to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.
“The United States is and will continue doing our part,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in a letter accompanying the Blueprint prepared for the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“But creating an AIDS-free generation is too big a task for one government or one country. It requires the world to share in the responsibility,” she said. “We call on partner countries, other nations, civil society, faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, multilateral institutions and people living with HIV to join us as we each do our part.”
The Blueprint is based on the principle that scientific advances and their successful implementation have brought the world to a tipping point in the fight against AIDS. “By making smart investments based on sound science, and a shared global responsibility, we can save millions of lives and achieve an AIDS-free generation,” it states.
“Working through the U.S. government diplomatic channels and mechanisms such as the G20, the United States will encourage nations with emerging economies and natural resource wealth to shoulder an increasing share of domestic HIV financing and to fund international efforts,” the blueprint said.
In relation to the Global Fund, the Blueprint states that:
- The United States will continue to work together with the Global Fund Secretariat and Board to target priority donors for new or increased contributions to the Global Fund;
- U.S. embassies in targeted countries will be tasked with raising this issue in diplomatic discussions, particularly through the upcoming Fourth Global Fund Replenishment process.
- PEFPAR and Global Fund resources will be invested in a “coordinated, complementary and synergistic manner” to achieve better health outcomes within the framework of national HIV plans developed by partner countries.
- PEPFAR is working closely with the Global Fund to exchange information, best practices and knowledge in order to better define their respective roles in addressing HIV epidemics in the countries where they are both working.
- PEPFAR has now entered a new era of cooperation with the Global Fund, which institutionalizes joint planning and implementation in countries where both organizations are making investments.
- Increasing program coordination, decreasing costs, and creating efficiencies and synergies between Global Fund and PEPFAR investments will help to increase coverage and save more lives.
- PEPFAR will work with the Global Fund to harmonize monitoring, evaluation, and expand high-impact technical assistance in conjunction with the Global Fund.
- Going forward, PEPFAR will strengthen on-going technical assistance efforts in these and work with the Global Fund to identify areas for additional technical support, including program quality, transition and scale-up of Global Fund-financed services.