PEPFAR Announces 111 Mil. USD to Support Ethiopia’s Response to End HIV/AIDS By 2030

Addis Ababa: U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Senior Bureau Official for Global Health Security and Diplomacy for Health Diplomacy, Ambassador John Nkengasong announced the approval of the 111 million USD Country Operational Plan 2023 (COP23).

According to the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, the financial support has come through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program to support Ethiopia’s continued response to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Mekdes Daba, along with The US Ambassador to Ethiopia Ervin Massinga, attended the virtual event and gave remarks.

The COP23 Year 2 plan represents ongoing cooperation between PEPFAR and the Ministry of Health to develop joint programming to support the needs of people living with HIV in Ethiopia, it was learned.

The approval announced by Ambassador Nkengasong ensures a continuation of this programming, which will ensure Ethiopia is on track to achieve epidemic control by 2030.

PEPFAR, with the
Ministry of Health and various stakeholders, has designed a plan focused on closing gaps in HIV prevention, care, and treatment for key populations and addressing geographic disparities.

The plan will prioritize improving HIV services in conflict-affected areas, enhancing case-finding strategies, and reaching vulnerable populations such as children, adolescents, and gender-based violence survivors.

Over the past 21 years, PEPFAR has invested approximately 3 billion USD to support the HIV/AIDS response in Ethiopia, the embassy said.

PEPFAR’s investments have helped strengthen the health system through workforce development, improved infrastructure to support HIV services, and supported the establishment of referral laboratories and a national health information system to address HIV.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency