AIDSTAR-Two Project Releases Report on People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Middle East/North Africa Region

Recent political and socio-cultural turmoil in the Middle East/North Africa region may be making it increasingly difficult to plan and strategize activities for the greater involvement of people living with HIV, as well as address issues concerning the abuse of human rights related to persistent HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the region. 

An estimated 500,000 people are living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa, and the region is now among the top two regions in the world with the fastest growing HIV epidemic. In addition, AIDS-related mortality in the region has also increased in the last decade, with infections in both adults and children almost doubling. This is a result of an overall acceleration in the epidemic throughout MENA, an increase in the total number of women living with HIV, and the continued lack of adequate services to prevent new infections, particularly among children.

The USAID-funded AIDSTAR-Two project has released a new situational overview that provides a detailed analysis of the response to the epidemic by associations and support groups of people living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa region. This report, “Strengthening the Involvement, Care and Support of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Middle East and North Africa: A Situational Overview,” provides a summary analysis of the response for the involvement, care and support of people living with HIV, and includes information on current activities, gaps, and stakeholders in MENA. It also identifies priorities for action and formulates a series of recommendations to be considered by technical partners and civil society organizations aiming to further engage in programming to work with people living with HIV.
The overview examines available information on current initiatives and activities in the region, priority gaps, and key stakeholders in order to identify priority areas for action. Existing support for people living with HIV in Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and Morocco is examined in-depth. The document outlines key priorities and makes recommendations to relevant stakeholders looking to further strengthen the involvement, care and support of people living with HIV in the region. In the Middle East/North Africa region, the AIDSTAR-Two project is working with civil society organizations in Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and Algeria that provide support to PLHIV and men who have sex with men.  

Download a copy of the report (PDF).