US PEPFAR Program Provides Key for an AIDS-Free Generation

Patients and volunteers of Nazareth house with the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention South Africa Dr. Nancy Knight, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Consul General Christopher Rowan
Patients and volunteers of Nazareth house with the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention South Africa Dr. Nancy Knight, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Consul General Christopher Rowan

US PEPFAR Program Provides Key for an AIDS-Free Generation

From emergency assistance to sustainability at Nazareth House Johannesburg

In the Johannesburg suburb of Yeoville, Nazareth House stands as an “oasis in the desert” for orphans, the dying and for thousands who have received anti-retro viral therapy funded through The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  As part of the ongoing effort to create an AIDS-free generation in South Africa, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Consul General Christopher Rowan visited Nazareth House on Friday, June 12th to meet the patients and administrators of this successful program.

Nazareth House is currently transitioning from PEPFAR’s 10-year-long emergency assistance to sustainable funding provided by the Department of Health Gauteng.

Lizzie, a volunteer and patient of the clinic, presented Thomas-Greenfield and Rowan with patient-made ornamental keys.  She did so to emphasize that, “…the key to an AIDS-free generation is medication.”  In response, Sister Veronica, an administrator at the clinic, said, “Look at the lives you have touched.  You will never know.  There are people living today whose lives you have saved.”

PEPFAR is a U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world.  It is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease internationally and has provided $4.5 Billion to South Africa since 2004.

Photos:

  1. Patients and volunteers of Nazareth house with the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention South Africa Dr. Nancy Knight, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Consul General Christopher Rowan.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassysa/18827869965/in/datetaken/?cr
  2. Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield and a 9-month old born without contracting HIV from his mother. https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassysa/18639514688/in/datetaken/?cr
  3. Consul General Christopher Rowan and the administrators of Nazareth House.https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassysa/18639508618/in/datetaken/?cr