OHA August 2018 E-Newsletter

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August 2018

Message from the Director

Polly Dunford

Earlier this year, USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) bid farewell to Director Doug Arbuckle, who is embarking on a new role as the HIV team lead with the USAID mission in Ethiopia. As OHA’s new director, I am honored to lead the Agency’s vital efforts in the field. I look forward to guiding our work toward epidemic control as we transition into the maintenance phase of PEPFAR. Together we can take proven, new and innovative approaches to scale and reach populations still not covered by HIV services.

As a senior foreign service officer, I have served as mission director in Cambodia and as deputy director in Mozambique. In Jordan, I led the U.S. Government’s assistance efforts focused on southern Syria.

I have been a health office director in three missions, managing large, diverse portfolios targeting HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive health and nutrition. I played a key role in the launch of PEPFAR in Haiti and led the rapid scale-up of PEPFAR in Nigeria and Mozambique, where I also oversaw the development of the Global Health Initiative strategy, including the President’s Malaria Initiative and components of the Feed the Future Initiative.

I continue to be amazed at how much we have accomplished since I transitioned from being a health officer in Mozambique. I never dreamed that in only 15 years we would be where we are today. I look forward to working with our interagency colleagues and implementing partners as we pursue our shared goal of reaching sustainable epidemic control.


Polly Dunford
Director, USAID Office of HIV/AIDS


PEPFAR's 15th Anniversary

A group of young African women dance together. Eric Bond/Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Photo credit: Eric Bond/Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

May 27, 2018 marked the official 15th anniversary of PEPFAR being signed into law. The largest global health initiative in the world, PEPFAR continues to save millions of lives.

Check out USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Medium post, 15 years of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in which he recounts the 15 key ways that the Agency is working toward the global goal of sustainable epidemic control. View USAID’s Twitter moment, which highlights the conversation on social media about Administrator Green’s publication.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) launched the year-long PEPFAR anniversary campaign under the theme "15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships." Follow the campaign on your social media channels using the hashtags #PEPFAR15 and #PEPFARSavesLives and view the following resources recently released by OGAC:



AIDS 2018 Conference

3 flags from the 22nd AIDS Conference.

Photo credit: ©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose

Last month marked the 22nd International AIDS Society Conference (AIDS 2018), which took place from July 23 – 27 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme: Breaking Barriers Building Bridges. AIDS 2018 convened global thought leaders, scientists, researchers and advocates to discuss progress made and anticipated challenges to achieving sustainable control of the HIV epidemic.

The conference featured many announcements, including:

Check out the following AIDS 2018 resources for more information on the conference:


International Youth Day 2018

A young woman stands in a field.

Photo credit: Josh Estey for USAID

August 12, 2018 marked International Youth Day which this year celebrated Safe Spaces for Youth. The Agency strives to reach young people with HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Through programs like the DREAMS initiative, we are  mitigating the structural drivers that increase adolescent girls’ and young women’s risk of acquiring HIV. Read our story about Maggie, a peer educator and DREAMS beneficiary, who is keeping herself and her peers HIV-free.


Publications Round-up

OHA staff have a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise on the HIV epidemic that can be seen in a wide range of journals. Check out the OHA-authored and co-authored works published between January and July 2018, below.


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Last updated: September 12, 2019

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