$200 Million in Public-Private Funding Pledged to Empower Africans

$200 Million in Public-Private Funding Pledged to Empower Africans

In conjunction with the in Washington, D.C., more than $200 million in public-private partnerships have been announced in support of efforts to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for over a million people on the African continent.

Announced at the symposium On August 6, the initiatives include the Accelerating Children's HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT), a $200 million partnership between the (PEPFAR) and the . With investments of $150 million from PEPFAR and up to $50 million from CIFF, the program will work to double, to six hundred thousand, the number of children in ten African countries receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy over the next two years.

Other initiatives include a partnership between the and the U.S. State Department's to create self-sustaining women's business centers in sub-Saharan Africa, and the Women and the Web Alliance, which, with support from Intel and the , will work to address gender and Internet gaps by bringing more than six hundred thousand young women online in Nigeria and Kenya over the next three years.

In addition, , a global health partnership founded by the , PEPFAR, , and the , announced commitments totaling $3 million from its partners as well as , the , the , , and the to expand efforts to prevent, screen for, and treat cervical cancer in Ethiopia and Namibia.

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