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2008 Annual Report: Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP)

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As I read through the final draft of the 2008 Annual Report of the Department of Defense HIV AIDS Prevention Program, I am truly humbled by the outstanding and very important work represented in this document. As recounted in seven previous annual reports, this work represents the efforts of a genuine partnership between US Government agencies, partner militaries, nongovernmental organizations, universities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and civil society. Although there are many partners, one goal still remains to improve and protect the health and readiness of military members and their families through the prevention, care, and treatment of HIVAIDS. Since the establishment of the Department of Defense HIVAIDS Prevention Program in 2001 and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2003, the US DoD has been proud to play a critical role in the single largest international health initiative dedicated to a single disease in US Government history. DHAPP, headquartered at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California, now supports military HIV activities in 75 countries where our programs have a great impact on 5 million military members and at least that many dependent family members. Through PEPFAR and DoD resources, the US Department of Defense provides the worlds largest single source of HIV assistance to militaries and works with a worldwide cadre of military HIV experts to combat the harm HIV inflicts on the health and readiness of the worlds military populations. When we started DHAPP in 2001, we had three objectives 1 assist militaries with their own HIV prevention programs, 2 advocate for militaries with national and international HIV programs, and 3 build internal HIV capacity in our partner militaries. While we have successfully been meeting all three objectives for years, I am most proud of our success in fostering the internal capability of partner militaries to address this epidemic.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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