Ambassador Deborah Birx and Acting Director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS Director Polly Dunford Ring Opening Bell of New York Stock Exchange

Representatives from PEPFAR, USAID, CDC, and Becton Dickinson ring the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, marking the 15th anniversary of PEPFAR.
Representatives from PEPFAR, USAID, CDC, and Becton Dickinson ring the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, marking the 15th anniversary of PEPFAR.
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On July 11, 2018, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx and Acting Director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS Polly Dunford rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Hank Tomlinson, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s director of the Global HIV and Tuberculosis Division, and representatives from the company Becton Dickinson also participated.

In her remarks before the event, Ambassador Birx recognized USAID and CDC efforts in PEPFAR and the tremendous progress the agencies have made. When PEPFAR began in 2003, only 50,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa were on life-saving HIV treatment. Today, PEPFAR and its implementing agencies are supporting more than 14 million people around the world to live healthy, productive lives through antiretroviral therapy. Over the past 15 years, USAID projects and partnerships have helped strengthen in-country capacity, enhanced countries’ self-reliance, and saved millions of lives. PEPFAR has transformed from an emergency response program to fostering long-term partnerships with local governments, the private sector, and other key stakeholders to sustainably control the HIV/AIDS epidemic. USAID, as a key implementer of PEPFAR, looks forward to continuing its long-standing legacy of working to end AIDS globally.

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Last updated: September 13, 2019

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