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    USAID Administrator Visits Morehouse College

    USAID Administrator Visits Morehouse College

    Raj Shah, M.D., USAID Administrator, visited Morehouse College on October 14, 2011 to present the USAID’s 10th Anniversary Private-Sector Development Partner Award to Mr. Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.

    Kofi Kondwani, Ph.D., principal investigator of MSM’s Ghana PEPFAR (The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) project,  had the opportunity to discuss USAID global health priorities with Administrator Shah who highlighted the current food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.

    About PEPFAR
    The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world.This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.

    PEPFAR is the cornerstone and largest component of the U.S. President’s Global Health Initiative. With a special focus on improving the health of women, newborns and children, the Global Health Initiative’s goal is to save the greatest number of lives by increasing and building upon what works and, then, supporting countries as they work to improve the health of their own people.

    On July 30, 2008, H.R. 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 was signed into law, authorizing up to $48 billion over the next 5 years to combat global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

    This global epidemic requires a comprehensive, multisectoral approach that expands access to prevention, care and treatment. As PEPFAR works to build upon its successes, it will focus on transitioning from an emergency response to promoting sustainable country programs.