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The Bush administration, which calls PEPFAR the largest commitment ever by a nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease, says the program is on target of reaching its initial five-year goal of treating 2 million people, preventing 7 million new infections and providing care for 10 million people, including children.

PEPFAR also has been praised globally as an effective tool in combating AIDS.

cThis article is based in part on wire service reports.