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World AIDS Day 2008: Celebrate Life!

  

    

"Saving Lives Creating Hope" Documentary by Still Life Projects   --  Transcript

"PEPFAR is the largest international commitment in history by any nation to combat a single disease, and so far the results are promising…PEPFAR is spreading hope around the world by saving lives and showing the good heart of our Nation."                                   

                                  - President George W. Bush

 

On World AIDS Day 2008, we celebrate life. In countless communities around the world, through partnerships with the American people, courageous individuals in nations devastated by HIV/AIDS are choosing life, saving the lives of their fellow countrymen and women, and creating hope for a future free of HIV/AIDS.

Through the power of these partnerships, the American people and the dedicated men and women in nations devastated by HIV/ AIDS have proven that the seemingly impossible is possible.

On December 1, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced that the United States has fulfilled its commitment early to support treatment for two million

people. As of September 30, 2008, PEPFAR supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.1 million men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS around the world. When President George W. Bush announced PEPFAR in 2003, it was estimated that only 50,000 people were receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, PEPFAR supports treatment for more than 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa -- forty times the number receiving treatment only five years ago.

As of September 30, 2008, nearly 9.7 million people affected by HIV/AIDS in PEPFAR's 15 focus countries had received compassionate care, including nearly 4 million orphans and vulnerable children. It is safe to say that as of December 1, 2008, the U.S. also has met the goal of supporting care for 10 million people affected by HIV in the focus countries. Globally, the U.S. is supporting care for over 10.1 million, including over 4 million children.

"We are extremely pleased to be meeting our goals ahead of schedule thanks to the commitment of the American people," said Ambassador Mark Dybul, PEPFAR Coordinator. "One of the great untold stories in this effort is the compassion and generosity of the American people."

In addition, nearly 240,000 babies have been born free of HIV, due to the support of the American people for programs to prevent mothers from passing the virus on to their children. And PEPFAR has supported a strategic prevention portfolio which includes Abstinence, Be faithful, and correct and consistent use of Condoms, providing ABC prevention messages in hundreds of millions of encounters.

When PEPFAR was announced, the program set out aggressive goals of supporting two million people on treatment, supporting prevention of seven million new infections, and supporting care for 10 million people affected by HIV/AIDS, including orphans and vulnerable children.

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President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush address reporters on World AIDS Day from the North Lawn of the White House, Monday, Dec. 1. 2008, where President Bush reaffirmed the commitment to fight HIV/AIDS at home and abroad. A large red ribbon is displayed from the North Portico of the White House in observance of World AIDS Day. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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