By Patricia Kisare

The global fight against HIV and AIDS got a boost this year when Congress passed new legislation to extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another five years. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government provides financial support to poor countries to help them provide treatment and care to people with HIV.

Because of PEPFAR, about 6 million people across the globe receive antiretroviral treatment, 1 million children were born HIV-free, and more than 45 million people were tested and received counselling.

This year our main focus was to ensure reauthorization of PEPFAR in solidarity with those who need this support to survive. In the coming year we will continue to petition Congress and the Administration to maintain the funding needed to support HIV and AIDS care and treatment.

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