PEPFAR, CDC, and Siemens Health Collaborate to Launch “Stronger Together,” a New 5-year, $15M Public-Private Partnership
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Although largely unrecognized, laboratories are critical to disease control, including HIV/AIDS. Laboratory systems enable accurate disease detection, confirmation, treatment, and monitoring; however, under-resourced laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa threaten effective disease response and control. Today, at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Siemens Healthcare, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced “Stronger Together,” a new five-year Commitment to Action valued at $15 million, to strengthen laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa. In collaboration with five African countries, “Stronger Together” will leverage the expertise of each partner to build laboratory infrastructure and human resources.
“Laboratory services are essential to the entire health care system and quality laboratory systems are a key underpinning of PEPFAR’s HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment efforts. We’re excited about working with CDC in this partnership with Siemens to advance PEPFAR’s ongoing effort to build laboratory capacity in countries with a high disease burden,” said Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. “This public-private partnership will build on PEPFAR’s existing training delivery approaches by using online learning tools to train thousands of qualified professionals working tirelessly to diagnose disease outbreaks and other diseases occurring in the population, so they can be treated effectively.”
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