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Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

"For over 50 years, more than 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in 139 countries have worked to make communities around the world healthier and stronger. Volunteers work on projects ranging from sanitation, to malaria, maternal health, and HIV prevention—often impacting an entire community, village, or school at a time.

Today, a major area of Volunteer service is the health sector, which is second only to Peace Corps’ work in education. With the Peace Corps serving as an implementing agency of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a growing number of Volunteers conduct activities in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support. Last year alone, 52 percent of all Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in such work in communities overseas.  In 2013, through the Global Health Service Partnership, we look forward to placing doctors and nurses as adjunct faculty in training institutions in Africa.

As so many of us know, HIV/AIDS has no borders or boundaries. It can affect communities at every level of our global family. For the Peace Corps, we know that the epidemic has an impact beyond just our work in health.

That is why Volunteers working in other areas like agriculture, business development, environment, and youth development also contribute to our global response to the epidemic. Every day, our Volunteers find sustainable and creative ways to fight this epidemic."

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