On April 19, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee met for a hearing on PEPFAR at 20: Achieving and Sustaining Epidemic Control. Igor Khrestin, Bradford M. Freeman Managing Director of Global Policy at the Bush Institute, discusses the hearing and why PEPFAR must be reauthorized to continue working toward the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation by 2030.
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has saved 25 million lives and prevented 5.5 million babies from acquiring HIV since its inception in 2003. This year, Congress will vote on reauthorizing the program for another five years.
Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy; Sir Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Dr. Mark Dybul, Professor of Medicine and Chief Strategy Officer at Georgetown University, testified before the committee.