Ambassador Elder stated that the PEPRAR is providing quality clinical care in Montserrado County through the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) with a significant focus on population at greatest risk such as female sex workers and their clients as well as men who have sex with men.
The American Ambassador made the remarks Tuesday at the start of a three-day HIV/AIDS Consultation of church leaders and faith actors in Sinkor. Monrovia.
“We must all work together to make our collective support meaningful and to achieve our mutual goals of reducing HIV and AIDS in Liberia” Elder added.
According to her, faith-based organizations have played a critical role in responding to HIV since the start of the epidemic more than 35 years ago.
Ambassador Elder noted that many faith-based organizations have been delivering effective high quality HIV services, complementing national public health programs in the most-affected countries.
She asserted that their position of trust at the heart of communities allows faith-based organizations to provide services and support that extend beyond the reach of many public sector health systems.
The U.S. envoy stressed that breaking silence and stigma, promoting human rights and building bridges between people and communities affected by HIV will go a long way to create better understanding of the epidemic.
Ambassador Elder pointed out that the PEPFAR was established in 2003 by the United States Government as the epidemic exploded globally, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa over the last 16 years.
She noted that PEPRAR has saved more than 17 million lives in working together with partners and has also prevented millions of HIV infections, including accelerated progress towards controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic community-by-community and country-by-country.