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Yemen Continues to Fight HIV and AIDS

National Yemen

Yemen Continues to Fight HIV and AIDS

By National Yemen

On the first Sunday of December, Yemen joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Day of AIDS. Under the slogan “without distinction of any kind,” the event also promotes the global campaign against AIDS, which focuses no “the total eradication of AIDS deaths.”

Other materials for the event have touted the objective, “we want the complete eradication of AIDS such that it cannot cause a new infection, discrimination, or deaths.” This means there was been a real push toward providing more treatment services for all, along with an appeal from governments to urge them to take immediate action.

Dr. Abdul Hamid Suhaibi, Director fo the National Program of AIDS in Yemen, said that the number of new cases has been raised by an estimated 4000 cases in Yemen’s various governorates.

There were 190 cases recorded in the first half of 2013, he described, in addition to 3762 cases recorded since 2012. Suhaibi further explained that the program is currently preparing the annual report of the duplicate records of infection in more than one place.

As part of the preparations for the World Day AIDS, the national program of AIDS in the  Ministry of Public Health and Population in Sana’a  organized the first meeting of the teams participating in the campaign of awareness and education of the dangers of AIDS with the participation of 20 cadres of health and the media.

Suhaibi said that donors would continue with their financial support, especially in terms of support for people who were living with AIDS. There also remains a cooperation agreement between the program and five hospitals in Sana’a, Aden, Hadramout, Taiz, and Hodeidah based on the submission of all good health services for living people in AIDS.

The purpose of the World Day to Combat AIDS, which is celebrated on the first of December of each year, is to urge people all over the world to raise awareness of the epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS and express international solidarity in order to address this epidemic.

Ban Ki-Moon, General Secretary of the United Nations, said in his message on this occasion, “that in many parts of the world there is a rapid pace against HIV, and there is a significant drop in the new number of infected and death. We are making significant progress in achieving our goal, which is to ensure for 15 million people on antiretroviral treatment by 2015. “