U.S. Government Observes World AIDS Day in Kazakhstan

The United States joins Kazakhstan in observing World AIDS Day 2019. The U.S. Government’s theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community.” This reflects the U.S. long-term commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic globally and across the United States.

The U.S. Government partnership with Kazakshtan to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is implemented through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Sixteen years ago, when PEPFAR began, HIV was a death sentence in many parts of the world. Now, we have the historic opportunity to make what once seemed impossible possible: controlling and ultimately ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, community by community.

On this World AIDS Day, PEPFAR and the US Government reconfirms its commitment to stand by Kazakhstan and work together to create a world without HIV/AIDS. It also highlights the vital role of communities in controlling and ultimately ending the epidemic.

“Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kazakhstan requires not only financial investment but also effective collaboration and mutual accountability between partner governments and communities. Communities involvement guarantees that the response on the national level remains relevant, effective and centered around people,” says Joshua Karnes, USAID/Central Asia Health and Education Office Director

As of September 30, 2019, the US Government is supporting the Government of Kazakhstan to provide lifesaving antiretroviral treatment to nearly 17,000 people. This represents nearly 70% of all persons living with HIV that are aware for their status. Kazakhstan continues to make progress towards the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 goals by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive HIV treatment; 90% of all people receiving HIV treatment will achieve viral suppression.

PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. PEPFAR has saved and improved millions of lives, accelerating progress toward controlling and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. In Kazakhstan, PEPFAR provides financial and technical assistance to both government and community organizations that are implementing programs to ensure all people living with HIV know their status and are accessing lifesaving treatment. For more information, please visit www.pepfar.gov, and follow PEPFAR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

USAID is the leading international development agency and PEPFAR’s global implementing partner of HIV/AIDS programs. In Kazakhstan, USAID Central Asia works with community-based organizations implementing that support vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and people in prisons and other closed institutions. For more information, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional and the USAID Central Asia Facebook page.

For media enquiries, please contact Bakytgul Zhurkabayeva at PEPFAR Coordination Office at +7 (727) 250 76 12; 8 701 720 58 11 email: zhurkabayevab@state.gov