Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
As an agency within the Department of Health and & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people, both at home and abroad. In 2001, the CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) opened its office in Chennai to complement and strengthen the response to the HIV epidemic in India in partnership with National AIDS Control Program. CDC/GAP-India provides strategic financial and technical assistance to HIV support, care, treatment, and prevention programs in high-burden regions throughout India.
In 2003, former President George W. Bush announced the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a five-year $15 billion global initiative to combat the epidemic in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. CDC/GAP-India became a part of this unified US Government effort to turn the tide against the epidemic. CDC also works collaboratively with other stakeholders, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); World Health Organization (WHO); UNAIDS; World Bank; Global Fund; international development and non-governmental organizations; and host country ministries.
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