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Harvard: 15+ Years Of PEPFAR: How U.S. Action on HIV/AIDS has Changed Global Health

In May 2003, the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation authorizing a bold new plan to combat a fast-spreading, deadly epidemic. In the 15+ years since, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — widely referred to as PEPFAR — has become the largest global health program focused on a single disease in history. Investing over $80 billion in human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) treatment, prevention and research, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives and put 14 million people on treatment.

On October 7, 2019, the Harvard Global Health Institute will host a one-day symposium to explore what enabled this visionary program, and to showcase how it has transformed not just the worldwide HIV/AIDS response but global health delivery more broadly.

There are many lessons learned in PEPFAR’s story – from what it took to build a supply chain where there was none, to establishing the use of generic antiretroviral therapies (ARTs) and leveraging human capacity. Join us as we convene the early architects of PEPFAR as well as experts and implementers currently leading the charge. We will take a historically informed look at what it will take to stop global transmission, and share tools useful for others hoping to move the needle on vexing problems in global health.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!