By Sen. Bill Frist M.D.
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The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is one of the most successful humanitarian relief efforts ever undertaken. It is directed at one of the world's most daunting public health problems.
AIDS strikes people in the prime of their lives, shatters families and communities, orphans children, and threatens the ability of nations to develop. Bipartisan, U.S.-led efforts to address the epidemic, supported by other donor nations and the affected countries themselves, have brought health, and hope, to tens of millions of men, women and children facing AIDS.
Millions are alive today who would have certainly succumbed to the disease; AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 48 percent since the peak in 2005. American leadership, generosity and the expertise of many on the ground in countries impacted by AIDS have achieved what few even imagined was possible when PEPFAR was created.