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USAID Unveils Impressive Results in HIV Care and Treatment

Tuesday, October 13, 2009- Addis, Ababa (U.S. Embassy)

Today the HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program, funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held its second annual review meeting. 

In its first two years of operation, the USAID HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program has supported 500 health centers in Addis Ababa and the four regions of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNPR, and Tigray.  This support has provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) to more than 45,000 people.  Nearly 1.5 million people were counseled and tested for HIV in year two alone.  The program has enrolled more than 100,000 HIV-positive Ethiopians in chronic care and trained over 7,000 health care providers and 6,000 community members in HIV care and support services.  With these results, the program has surpassed many of its targets.

With funding under the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the USAID HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program relies on a family-focused approach and strong partnership with the Government of Ethiopia and national and international organizations.  USAID’s HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program is implementing Africa’s largest national expansion of HIV/AIDS services at health center and community levels.  The program aims to strengthen health systems and rapidly scale up comprehensive HIV/AIDS services through a continuum of care that links hospitals to health centers to their served communities.

“PEPFAR Ethiopia and its partners will continue to work to increase access to comprehensive, quality HIV care  support services for those in need through integration and functional referral systems,” Dr. Carmela Abate,  the PEPFAR Ethiopia Coordinator, said.

Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of PEPFAR money. To date Ethiopia has received U.S. $1.1 billion to support a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care programs.. More than one million people in Ethiopia, nearly two percent of the total population, are currently living with HIV, and 130,000 new infections are anticipated in 2009.

 

USAID Unveils Impressive Results in HIV Care and Treatment

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009 Addis Ababa (U.S. Embassy) – Today the HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program, funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held its second annual review meeting. 

In its first two years of operation, the USAID HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program has supported 500 health centers in Addis Ababa and the four regions of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNPR, and Tigray.  This support has provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) to more than 45,000 people.  Nearly 1.5 million people were counseled and tested for HIV in year two alone.  The program has enrolled more than 100,000 HIV-positive Ethiopians in chronic care and trained over 7,000 health care providers and 6,000 community members in HIV care and support services.   With these results, the program has surpassed many of its targets.

With funding under the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the USAID HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program relies on a family-focused approach and strong partnership with the Government of Ethiopia and national and international organizations.  USAID’s HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program is implementing Africa’s largest national expansion of HIV/AIDS services at health center and community levels.  The program aims to strengthen health systems and rapidly scale up comprehensive HIV/AIDS services through a continuum of care that links hospitals to health centers to their served communities.

“PEPFAR Ethiopia and its partners will continue to work to increase access to comprehensive, quality HIV care  support services for those in need through integration and functional referral systems,” Dr. Carmela Abate,  the PEPFAR Ethiopia Coordinator, said.

Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of PEPFAR money. To date Ethiopia has received U.S. $1.1 billion to support a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care programs.. More than one million people in Ethiopia, nearly two percent of the total population, are currently living with HIV, and 130,000 new infections are anticipated in 2009.