Pathfinder Hails the Release of US Government Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation
On November 29, 2012, the US Department of State released the first President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation. In light of the commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1st, Pathfinder International congratulates the US Government for developing a bold and clear plan to contribute to the global fight against HIV and AIDS by applying a comprehensive, science-driven approach.
"The global community stands in a unique space and time regarding the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The incredible scientific and programmatic progress is shifting the trajectory of suffering and death to one of hope and life,” says Pathfinder President Purnima Mane.
Yet, this progress in the global AIDS response has required significant resources and consistent commitment from the US Government. Continued emphasis on the cooperation with partner governments and donors, as well as the prioritization of effective interventions is critically important and necessary for progress to continue. As noted in the Blueprint, “By adopting a targeted approach to address one of the most complex global health issues in modern history, and by then taking it to scale with urgency and commitment, the United States has helped demonstrate what is possible with focus, resources, and science.”
Pathfinder is committed to the expansion of a comprehensive package of HIV services, including prevention, care, treatment, and support. Pathfinder applauds PEPFAR for highlighting the importance of reaching and supporting young people with HIV services, and including young people as a priority group for service delivery, participation in programs, data collection, research, and surveillance. The Blueprint boldly states, “All young people need broad education about sex, sexuality, and reproductive health, including HIV.”
We also commend PEPFAR for including linkages on sexual and reproductive health throughout the document, including mentions of supporting voluntary family planning services for women living with HIV, for young people, and as part of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. We are pleased that programs to address the complete, complex needs of key affected populations—such as men who have sex with men and sex workers—are well-articulated, especially with regards to addressing stigma and discrimination through institutional and policy changes.
Pathfinder provided input during the development of this blueprint as the co-chair of the Youth Health and Rights Coalition, and as a member of both the Global AIDS Policy Partnership and the Prevention Working Group. We provided input on HIV prevention, young people’s sexual and reproductive health, and family planning. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to ensure that the action steps in the Blueprint are implemented.
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