Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Senator Murphy highlights a series of incredible organizations such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, polio eradication, and HIV AIDS programs like PEPFAR that the US supports.
In the fight to #endpolio, the United States Government contributed USD $205 million to polio eradication efforts in FY14 and USD $217.7 million to efforts in FY15. Additionally, last week the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution commemorating the discovery of the polio vaccine and supporting efforts to eradicate the disease. This support is tremendously appreciated.
However, there is still more work to be done. With less than 1% of polio cases remaining, it is really important that the United States Government continues investing in polio eradication efforts.
At the United Nations and SDG Summit, the Administration launched ambitious new PEPFAR HIV prevention and treatment targets for 2016 and 2017. By the end of 2017, PEPFAR will support 12.9 million people on life-saving anti-retroviral treatment
–nearly doubling the number of people on treatment from 2013 to 2017, providing 13 million male circumcisions for HIV prevention, and reducing HIV incidence by 40 percent among adolescent girls and young women within the highest burdened areas of 10 sub-Saharan African countries.
The US plays a huge role in ensuring all have access to adequate healthcare. It’s crucial global citizens celebrate these efforts, while encouraging US leaders to continue to do more. If countries work together, it is possible to end preventable diseases and ensure healthy communities for all!