In an effort to reduce the new cases of HIV infections among young African women in 10 sub-Saharan nations hit hardest by the virus, the Obama administration has announced a $300 million program to combat the problem.
Administration officials are aiming for a 25% infection decrease by the end of this year, and a 40% decrease by the end of 2017.
“No greater action is needed right now than empowering adolescent girls and young women to defeat HIV/AIDS,” says Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
This new program marks the next phrase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR. The program, started by George W. Bush and expanded by Obama, is credited for saving millions of African lives.
According to the administration, more than 1,000 girls a day are infected by the virus. The 10 countries to received the $300 million allocation are Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.