Coordinator of the United Nations Program for AIDS d / Fawzia Gharamh:

There are 3000 cases registered in Yemen and the double number under the denial and complacency

Sana’a / Bushra al-Amiri:

Dr. Fawzia, the Coordinator of the United Nations Program on AIDS revealed that there is a presence of 3000 AIDS case’s in Yemen registered with the national program to fight AIDS in an estimated incidence of non-registered, with the official being 3500 with the infection.

According to official sources by the Ministry of Health in Yemen, since 1987 to 2006 there were 1821 cases of people suffering from AIDS, including 437 AIDS patients and the remaining carriers of the disease. Consisted of 55 % of Yemenis, and the percentage of males 60%, and 44 cases of children. The director of the national program to fight AIDS, Dr. Abdul Hameed Suhaibi said that the first reported case of AIDS in Yemen recorded in 1987 as a cumulative number of official cases registered so far, “3922” case, explaining that our country is still classified among the countries with low prevalence. He pointed out that there are potential estimates indicate that the estimated number of cases of HIV infection in Yemen could be up to 35,000 infected case.

She confirmed it at the media meeting organized by the media Centre of the United Nations in Sana’a this morning that the treatment of AIDS has not been discovered until today nor in the global medical or in the level of herbal medicine. Official sources say that any scientific discovery for the treatment of any disease, it is necessary to pass stages and steps precise methodology, also what has been discovered so far is that the drugs work to raise the immunity level in the patient and to reduce the power of the virus to less of an extent as possible but they do not recover permanently from this disease.

Dr Fawzia pointed out that there are 5 sites to provide the integrated services for AIDS patients in Yemen, which include free examination services, care and treatment, as founded in Yemen there are more than 27 places that provide people with free examinations in health services and private and civil society organizations in various governorates of the republic. She added that discrimination against people living with HIV represents a major obstacle to the expansion of access to services for HIV, referring to the number of new infections in virus in the Middle East and North Africa since 2001, and which was considered the peak of the epidemic because of the denial and complacency and lack of appetite for free examination. This puts us at a huge risk of failure towards the next generation unlike other countries that have taken early approaches in expanding examinations to discover the virus allowing us to practice it in the public light.

She also states that there are many signs that raise their concerns that some of the regions in the Arab countries are not on track to achieve the global targets in undertaking the virus, she mentions that the budget of the Ministry of Health in Yemen is less than 4% of the state budget; therefore, does not represent anything to cope with the disease and infected cases. The international grants will soon be in the field of HIV worldwide and Yemen can be on of these countries that can apply for a grant and receive the attention that it deserves.

AIDS is not only a health problem, it is a developing problem that communities are suffering from, especially in third world countries, and it needs to concern the efforts for everyone. Particularly the efforts of the media to disseminate and promote community awareness about the dangers of the disease and ways to prevent it and remove the stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and ensure that they get all their rights guaranteed to them by the law.  This will not only open our society to what is occurring today, but give us the necessary precautions in fighting this disease and informing us on the ways to prevent it.