Investing in an AIDS-Free Generation: 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

By Johanna Harvey | August 8, 2014

The White House

This week, President Obama hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leader Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit brought together U.S. government officials, African leaders, Ministers of Health, and senior health policy makers for discussions around the summit's theme, "Investing in the Next Generation." The event saw commitments from across the health, energy, education, and political sectors.

The signature global health event, Investing in Health: Investing in Africa's Future, explored U.S.-Africa health partnerships to achieve global health security, promote science and health, end preventable deaths of children and mothers, and realize our goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Ending the AIDS epidemic will accelerate Africa’s economic development, education outcomes, and efforts to improve safety and security. At the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), we know that by investing in Africa’s health, we are investing in its future. And we will do whatever it takes until no child has AIDS.

Reinforcing the stance that creating an AIDS-free generation is shared, global responsibility, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) announced an ambitious $200 million program to double the number of children living with HIV who will receive antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) will put an additional 300,000 children living with HIV on treatment over the next two years. This is cause for celebration — especially on the heels of the AIDS 2014 announcement of the USAID-PEPFAR investment of more than $500 million to implement PEPFAR’s Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation and accelerate progress toward an AIDS-free generation.

Through exciting new public-private partnerships, smart investments, and innovative medical and scientific advancements, we will unlock opportunities that will allow the next generation to thrive — both in Africa and the United States! 

Some Highlights from 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit