USAID Commemorates World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS banner with photos of children and women

December 2014

Mother kissing her newborn
Credit: Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International


In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, USAID is celebrating our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR. In particular, we are highlighting efforts related to PEPFAR’s theme, “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.”

Black and white photo of two people in the evening
Credit: Ian Taylor


World AIDS Day 2014

As the year draws to a close, we look back at the amazing impact that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and our implementing partners have had worldwide. PEPFAR has entered a new phase under new leadership. We have focused our energy on controlling the HIV epidemic in order to achieve a sustainable response. The vision for PEPFAR moving forward is grounded in five key agendas: impact, efficiency, sustainability, partnership, and human rights. We look forward to working together with transparency, accountability, and impact toward our goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Photo of children smiling.
Credit: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation



Making good on the 2014 theme for World AIDS Day – “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation” – PEPFAR made a series of announcements highlighting new partnerships and initiatives to accelerate efforts to sustainably control the HIV epidemic.

Collage of photos of men and women.


LINKAGES Launch Event on December 4

LINKAGES is PEPFAR and USAID’s first global project dedicated to key populations: sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, and transgender people. On December 4, the project will host a launch event titled “Rights in Action: Ensuring Access to HIV Services for Men Who Have Sex with Men, Sex Workers, People Who Inject Drugs, and Transgender People” at FHI 360’s Academy Hall. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will give opening keynote remarks, and A. Cornelius Baker from the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator will also speak. Other presenters and panelists will be coming from a range of organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Network of Sex Work Projects, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, FHI 360, Johns Hopkins University, Futures Group, and others.


Screenshot of Inside OHA's Flickr account.


USAID Launches HIV and AIDS Flickr Account

USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS is excited to announce the launch of its own Flickr account! The account hosts hundreds of pictures from USAID’s work combatting HIV and AIDS around the globe. To celebrate its launch and World AIDS Day, we held a photo contest. We are pleased to share the winning photo as the header at the top of this page. This beautiful image was submitted by Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International.

Image of President Barack Obama.


Learn More About World AIDS Day

Photo of the White House. Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.
Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


How YOU Can Get Involved

  • Join us in sharing PEPFAR’s five key agendas: Impact, Efficiency, Sustainability, Partnership, and Human Rights, by downloading our social media toolkit [PDF, 2.6MB].
  • Get involved locally! Here in Washington, the D.C. Government is hosting a food drive to benefit Food & Friends, the only DC-area organization that provides specialized nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling, and friendship to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life-changing illnesses.
  • Join the #FacingAIDS Campaign created by
  • Blog about World AIDS Day or comment on someone else’s blog to share your thoughts.

Photo sources for top banner left to right: MSH, Jean Jacques Augustin, FHI360.

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