6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Where we are?

 Lebanon is in a health transitory stage resembling more and more developed countries because non-communicable and degenerative diseases have become increasingly common. At the same time, the Lebanese population at large still suffers from infectious and communicable diseases, even though to a much lesser extent than the populations of other developing countries.

The prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/ AIDS) in Lebanon is relatively still low. However, the trend of increasing prevalence of the disease is not being reversed (table 8.1), in the context of a high-mobility population, migration, tourism and growing permissiveness in sexual relations. According to the Ministry of Public Health National AIDSControl Programme, 109 new cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in 2011 (till November) to reach 1,455 cumulative cases. The majority of the new cases (72 per cent) were linked to local spread, and the rest were related to travel and migration to endemic areas (Ministry of Public Health 2012b).

UNDP's work in Lebanon

  • UNDP Lebanon - Award giving ceremony to university students on World Aiids Day

    University students participate in the "AID, DON’T DISCRIMINATE” Radio/TV competition
    University students participate in the "AID, DON’T DISCRIMINATE” Radio/TV competition

    “HIV/AIDS is a disease that does not discriminate between sex, color, or religion. As nobody is immune to any disease, we have to stand united in the fight against the AIDS epidemic” said UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon, Ms. Marta Ruedas on the occasion of World AIDS Day, during the award giving ceremony of the “Aid, don’t discriminate” Radio/TV competition on HIV/AIDS. more

Targets for MDG6
  1. Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    • HIV prevalence among population aged 15-24 years
    • Condom use at last high-risk sex
    • Proportion of population aged 15-24 years with comprehensive correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS
    • Ratio of school attendance of orphans to school attendance of non-orphans aged 10-14 years
  2. Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
    • Proportion of population with advanced HIV infection with access to antiretroviral drugs