The United States through its embassy in Manila has committed P875 million in funding support for the new President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program to address the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.
The PEPFAR program will begin this month.
“The most recent data from the DOH (Department of Health)-Epidemiology Bureau of the Philippines estimates that more than 110,000 Filipinos are living with HIV in 2020; 37,000 have not been diagnosed, and among those previously diagnosed, at least 18,500 still need to be enrolled in life-saving antiretroviral therapy,” the US Embassy said in a statement.
This new PEPFAR program will also support the Philippine government in reaching the ambitious Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 95-95-95 targets for HIV epidemic control, meaning 95 percent of those infected with HIV know their status, 95 percent of those who know their status receive treatment, and 95 percent of those on treatment achieve viral suppression.
Under this new assistance, the US Agency for International Development will work with the DOH and local community organizations to implement activities in Metro Manila (National Capital Region), Central Luzon (Region 3), and Calabarzon (Region 4A), which have the highest HIV burden areas in the country, where an estimated 63 percent of persons living with AIDS reside. SOVEREIGNPH