Supporting locally-led AIDS strategies and training health workers are among the priorities of programs backed by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief this year.
The U.S. government has so far signed 20 PEPFAR partnerships with aid-recipient nations that increase the latter’s leadership and financial contribution to programs against AIDS, according to Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator. He said more of these partnerships will be forged this year.
To further encourage country ownership of AIDS programs, PEPFAR will continue to support the training of health workers, Goosby said.
“PEPFAR and the National Institutes of Health launched a joint effort to strengthen medical and nursing education across Africa. By supporting partnerships between African and external universities to improve and expand training, in 2011 and beyond these initiatives will be key pieces of wide-ranging U.S. support for health systems,” he writes in DipNote, the State Department’s official blog.