HIV/AIDS shouldn't be a barrier for success


In the absence of reliable surveillance systems, the incidence of HIV and AIDS in Yemen cannot be accurately stated. Although HIV prevalence still seems low, at 0.2 percent among the adult population, the little information available (from visa applications and blood donors) suggests a rapid increase across the country.

Highlights

  • The incidence of HIV and AIDS in Yemen cannot be accurately stated.
  • HIV prevalence still seems low, at 0.2 percent among the adult population in Yemen
  • In less than one Year, Khaled and his small team have provided services to 15000 people and are motivated to do more
  • UNDP started microfinance project in three (Sana'a, Aden and Hodiedah) governorates

Khaled is one of the People Living with HIV (PLHIV) who was  kicked out from one of the gulf contraries when he knew for the first time that he is PLHIV during the renewing his residency permission.

“I kicked out from the country lifting all my business” he said.

Khaled and other PLHIV were trained by UNDP, and they carried out HIV testing and counseling services in my community. UNDP also helped them to establish a society serving the PLHIV.

In less than one Year, Khaled and his small team have provided services to 15000 people and are motivated to do more. They test clients and ensure that identified HIV positive clients are linked and referred to hospitals Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) site. To ensure the clients are able to complete the continuum of care, the team provides also social care services that can help prevent and reduce clients’ loss to follow up. They provided all support for the new cases and also for the AIDS patients.

“Before I was trained, I never saw the importance of assisting people to know their HIV status," Hassan said, "I’m grateful to UNDP for teaching me how to carry out HIV testing and counseling services in my community”.

UNDP through its HIV/AIDS programme aims to address the growing threat of HIV and AIDS by raising awareness of the virus among the general population, reducing the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, and creating an environment conducive to interventions aimed at reducing risky personal behavior. UNDP also started microfinance project in three (Sana'a, Aden and Hodiedah) governorates.

Khaled started to think about fighting stigma and discrimination through ensuring sustainable income, so he applied for a loan and bought a taxi.

“I could pay the shares of the lawn within two years” he said, “Now I own the taxi and the income is used for my family”.

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