On Jan. 28, 2003, President George W. Bush announced the establishment of The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) during the State of the Union Address, leveraging years of HIV/AIDS research, coordinated humanitarian effort, bipartisan support from Congress, and engagement from community and faith-based organizations, and the private sector to create an unprecedented response to a global health crisis.
20 years later, 25 million lives have been saved thanks to PEPFAR, its bipartisan supporters, the work of global community activists, health care workers and researchers.
Read President Biden’s statement on the impact of PEPFAR as we celebrate 20 years of making a difference in the lives of so many.
The fight to end the HIV epidemic is far from over and later this year, Congress will need to reauthorize PEPFAR so it can continue its lifesaving work to end HIV/AIDS. Let’s end HIV together.