PEPFAR Program Overview
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was announced by President George Bush and funded by Congress in 2003. PEPFAR is the U.S. Government (USG) initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. (More information on PEPFAR)
This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally. Kenya has the 4th largest HIV epidemic in the world. Since 2004, the U.S. government has been the predominant donor in the HIV response in Kenya, with at least 3 billion dollars and is currently the largest global U.S. Government HIV program. The relationship between the United States Government and the Government of Kenya (GOK) is one of partnership, and thus, PEPFAR is the largest manifestation of how – when we work together for a common purpose – challenges can be overcome.
Coordination: How We Work
The PEPFAR Program is coordinated out of the PEPFAR Coordination Office and implemented by committed Kenyan and American technical staff of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DOD) – U.S. Army Medical Research Unit / Walter Reed Project (USAMRU/WRP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and staff and volunteers of the Peace Corps.
- Agency Level: Each Agency brings their area of expertise to ensure holistic and integrated programming in the country driven by science and data to ensure that our programs bring results.
- GOK and Development Partners: The PEPFAR Team works with the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and NASCOP, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to ensure that programs we support meet Kenya’s needs and are aligned with the GOK HIV Strategic Plan. PEPFAR further coordinates with Civil Society Organizations, The Global Fund Mechanism in Kenya, UNAIDS, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and Development Partners in Health-Kenya to promote high levels of complementarity across all partners engaged in Kenya’s HIV response.
- Implementing Partners: Through over 100 PEPFAR-supported implementing partners, the US Government is providing and will continue to provide high quality comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment services in counties most affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
Key Program Achievements
Since its launch in 2003, working closely with many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives by supporting (as at Annual Progress Report 2015):
- Life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for 860,297 men, women and children
- Over 10 million pregnant women with known HIV status (includes women who were tested for HIV and received their results)
- Over 500,000 HIV-positive pregnant women have received antiretroviral to reduce risk of mother-tochild transmission (MTCT) during pregnancy and delivery
- Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention for 1,131,634 men (since the program’s inception in September 2008)
- Caring for over 890,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
- HIV testing and counseling (HTC) for over 54 million people