Since the HIV/AIDS epidemic arrived in Ethiopia, attitudes toward the disease as well as the opportunities for treatment and a healthy life have changed dramatically. With the Government of Ethiopia's commitment to providing national free treatment for HIV/AIDS, patients have increased access to HIV services in their local communities.
Through the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working to support the delivery of life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment in Ethiopia. From strengthening pharmaceutical supply chains to supporting rural health workers to providing technical assistance to policymakers, U.S. assistance is making a real difference in the lives of Ethiopians.
In just one year, the number of Ethiopians accessing HIV counseling and testing, increased from 500,000 to more than 9 million. The number of people on anti-retroviral therapy has increased from 900 in 2005 to 290,000 in 2010.
Last updated: April 02, 2014