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One Health Day 2020

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the global response to HIV/AIDS, support people living with HIV, and honor lives lost to the HIV epidemic. HIV continues to be a leading cause of death, with more than 690,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses in 2019. Today, over 38 million people are living with HIV worldwide.

In countries supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), sustained progress has been made towards achieving global targets for HIV epidemic control. Following the onset of COVID-19, HIV programs and partners quickly pivoted and rapidly innovated operations to ensure continuity of services, including delivery of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. Programs must implement and standardize the lessons that we’ve learned about adaptation and how to reach people successfully, which COVID-19 hastened, to ensure resilient health systems.

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