US reaffirms commitment to partner with Ethiopia in fight against HIV/AIDS

Addis Ababa, December 1, 2017 (FBC) –The United States (US) reaffirmed its leadership and commitment to partner with the Ethiopian government in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In his message marking the 2017 World AIDS Day, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor, also said “…we should reaffirm our commitment to caring for those living with HIV, to working to prevent its spread, and ultimately to halting transmission.”

He said the U.S. government, through President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) saved and improved millions of lives as well as shaped the global HIV/AIDS response.

According to the Ambassador, the PEPFAR has invested nearly 2 billion US dollars to support the HIV/AIDS response in Ethiopia. “Today, our efforts provide lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for 433,909 Ethiopians, including 22,371 children.”

PEPFAR has also provided HIV testing and counseling for nearly 1 million pregnant women in Ethiopia, and ensured that over 280,000 orphans and vulnerable children as well as their caregivers receive the care and support services they need, he said.