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ing the lives of the people in the focus countries by preventing infections, treating patients, and caring for people. We plan to publish the plan for a long-term study shortly after publication of the mandated report.

Our collective responsibility in caring for those in need around the world demands that the challenge of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic be met in a way that is ethically, scientifically, and fiscally sound. We have been humbled by the myriad of questions raised by this global pandemic about how to most effectively prevent the spread of this disease and care for those affected by it. Given limited resources, there is an obligation to match the will to help others with the will to learn how best to help them. This international IOM committee has taken on the challenge of evaluating PEPFAR with determination and humility and is passionately committed to contributing to the effectiveness of PEPFAR in confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We appreciate the help received from so many to date in developing this plan and look forward to a collaborative process of learning together as it is implemented.

Jaime Sepulveda Amor, MD, Dr. Sc.


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