6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Where we are?


Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
The number of reported HIV/AIDS cases is limited in Lebanon. The first case was detected in 1984, and by November 2007 the number of detected cases had reached 1056. However, the WHO estimates the number of unreported cases at 2,500. Reported cases are still few, particularly among children (2.1/100,000 cases for 0-14-year-olds), while incidence is higher for older age groups (2.9/100,000 for those aged 15- 24) and most cases are found among those aged between 31-50, constituting around 52% of total cases reported in 2006. The ratio of females to males is 1:4, showing an increase in the earlier ratio of 1:9.

Studies conducted by National AIDS Program (NAP) indicate that awareness of the disease and modes of transmission is relatively high. However, this has not been translated into increased precautionary measures. There is evidence that condom use is still relatively low, especially among those who have a risky behaviour and among youth. Collected data on AIDS is analyzed in accordance with WHO standards and published annually.

As for the tuberculosis, and according to the epidemiological data of the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) published by the Ministry of Public Health, tuberculosis cases have declined from 983 in 1995, to 375 in 2006, as a direct effect of the implementation of the Directly Observed Treatment Short course chemotherapy (DOTS Strategy).

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

1.69 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
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