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November 19, 2021

Saving Lives, Transforming Health Systems: PEPFAR’s Past, Present and Future

Event Series: Global Health Security Seminars

Red ribbon representing HIV/AIDS awareness pinned to a black shirt

Since its inception in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has moved the HIV pandemic from tragedy toward triumph. PEPFAR has saved more than 20 million lives, prevented millions of HIV infections, and helped build people-centered, sustainable health and community systems in 55 countries worldwide. These efforts have not only transformed the global HIV response but also created robust and responsive HIV service delivery, public health, and clinical care platforms capable of addressing a myriad of other health threats, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hear from Dr. Angeli Achrekar, acting U.S. global AIDS coordinator and special representative for global health diplomacy, about PEPFAR’s remarkable progress, how the program has innovated and adapted in the context of COVID-19, and future directions for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat, enhancing pandemic preparedness and response, and building a healthier, safer world.

This event is part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Global Health Initiative.


Dr. Angeli Achrekar

Dr. Angeli Achrekar

Dr. Angeli Achrekar serves as the principal deputy U.S. global AIDS coordinator, a principal deputy assistant secretary level position. She is the acting U.S. global AIDS coordinator and supports the daily oversight, coordination, leadership, management, and implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has supported global HIV/AIDS, women and girls’ health, and global public health development within several US government agencies.