World AIDS Day 2016

Children smile and give a thumbs up.
Through the Bantwana Initiative, USAID supports Child’s Rights Clubs in Kibuye Parish, Kyegegwa District, Uganda, to empower youth, particularly HIV-orphaned and vulnerable children, to protect themselves from exploitation.
Photo credit: Robin Hammond/World Education


This year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is celebrating our 30th year of commitment to combating HIV and AIDS around the world. On December 1, World AIDS Day, we remember those we have lost to HIV and AIDS and honor those who continue to work toward the vision of creating an AIDS-free generation.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Leadership. Commitment. Impact. As the year draws to a close, we look back at the impact and legacy of global leadership that the USAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and our implementing partners have had worldwide.

  • Through PEPFAR, the U.S. Government has invested more than $70 billion to support the HIV and AIDS response globally, including $55 billion since the start of the Obama Administration. We have a narrow window to change the trajectory of the HIV and AIDS epidemic by reaching the UNAIDS "90-90-90" targets by 2020 and ultimately achieve the goal of zero new HIV infections and zero discrimination.
  • Under PEPFAR, USAID is maximizing our impact by making smart investments to reach those most at risk and in need, ultimately preventing millions of new HIV infections and saving millions of lives. USAID is using data to invest in evidence-based interventions in the geographic areas and populations with the greatest HIV and AIDS burden. We are also partnering with local governments and accelerating country progress toward achieving epidemic control.
  • USAID and other agencies under PEPFAR are on track to achieve the Accelerating Children's HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative target of supporting 600,000 children on life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by the end of fiscal year 2016, and are supporting our partner countries to increase national pediatric ART coverage.
  • USAID stands firmly with, and for, key populations. When one community member is stigmatized or unable to access services due to discrimination the health and human dignity of everyone in that community are threatened. The HIV and AIDS epidemic will not be controlled until stigma and discrimination are eliminated. USAID's new anti-discrimination policy ensures key populations will have equal access to critical HIV and AIDS services.

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