PEPFAR and Mastercard Launch Partnership to Address HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control
New York, NY (September 18, 2017) — At the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Mastercard announced a new public-private partnership aimed at accelerating progress toward HIV/AIDS epidemic control. The partnership will explore the use of digital technologies and data analytics to improve access to and outcomes of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in Africa.
“We have made extraordinary progress toward achieving HIV/AIDS epidemic control in several high-burdened African countries, but key gaps remain,” said Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. “PEPFAR is thrilled to launch this pioneering partnership with Mastercard. By leveraging their extraordinary expertise in deploying digital solutions in resource limited settings, we can improve the health and well-being of the people that PEPFAR serves.”
“PEPFAR research shows that the majority of the cost of HIV/AIDS treatment is related to service delivery, not the cost of drugs,” said Tara Nathan, executive vice president, Public-Private Partnerships for Mastercard. “We believe innovative technology and service delivery models can help achieve greater efficiency in PEPFAR’s efforts, helping to prevent new HIV infections and reduce the number of AIDS deaths.”
Since PEPFAR’s launch in 2003, the U.S. government has not only saved millions of lives, but changed the very course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including by supporting over 12 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment. This leadership is a direct reflection of the compassion and generosity of the American people, underpinned by a commitment to improve performance, find efficiencies, and increase impact.
As part of its broader financial inclusion efforts and commitment to using technology to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Mastercard has worked to improve the distribution and tracking of humanitarian aid addressing some of the world’s most challenging issues. This includes using its expertise to digitize healthcare management in resource limited settings. Exploring new ways of using digital technology to support HIV/AIDS control expands these efforts to build resilient communities through access to systems and services that drive inclusion.
PEPFAR is the United States government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. Through the compassion and generosity of the American people, PEPFAR has saved and improved millions of lives, accelerating progress toward controlling and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. For more information, please visit www.pepfar.gov, and follow PEPFAR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.
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