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  • Hope for HIV infectedJan 4, 2013Shukri* has been living with HIV for five years. Prior to infection, she never considered HIV/Aids seriously. So, when it happened, Shukri did not know how to handle it. First, she perceived those infected as being so immoral – now she was in the category. Secondly, her family isolated her.

  • AIDS in Gaza: I know, so I am not afraidAIDS in Gaza: I know, so I am not afraidFeb 27, 2013Fifty-year-old Um Mohammad, a mother of nine, has been living with HIV for 16 years in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. She was nursing her baby girl when tests revealed she was HIV positive.

  • Addressing HIV/AIDS in the midst of a crisis Addressing HIV/AIDS in the midst of a crisis Mar 26, 2015At 450, the number of people living with HIV in Syria is small. But the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS is enormous. In an age of advanced medicine, including antiretroviral therapy, people living with HIV face greater difficulty coping with stigma and discrimination than they do maintaining their health, according to health experts in Syria. Stigmatization is particularly entrenched in the health sector.

  • Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) at the forefront in the AIDS response in the Arab regionFaith Based Organizations (FBOs) at the forefront in the AIDS response in the Arab regionJan 4, 2013The challenge of addressing universal access to treatment and human rights for people living with HIV, the theme of the World AIDS Day (WAD) 2010, cannot be achieved in the Arab Region without the support of respected religious leaders.

  • Female religious leaders lead the fight against AIDS Jul 25, 2013Female religious leaders have taken a central role in the fight against AIDS in Somalia. This follows a series of trainings recently conducted by local organizations, with support from UNDP.

  • Lesson on HIV/AIDS advocacyLesson on HIV/AIDS advocacyJan 4, 2013When Amir Suleiman was jailed at Kober Prison in Khartoum for bankruptcy last year, he did his best to avoid contact with the other inmates. But Amir, a 37-year-old father of three, soon realized his fellow inmates were much like himself – victims of circumstance – and he could use his writing and drawing skills to help them. Amir began drawing cartoons that teach prison inmates how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among prisoners has jumped 6 percent in the last five years.

  • Mothers in Upper Egypt say “No to Female Genital Mutilation”Mothers in Upper Egypt say “No to Female Genital Mutilation”May 27, 2014March marks the celebration of Egyptian Mother’s Day and the International Women’s Day. This year, in the governorate of Aswan, we have also honored 100 mothers and families that have abandoned the practice of FGM and become powerful advocates against this harmful practice that goes against the basic human rights of girls and women. In so doing, they have also ensured the continuation of their daughters’ education and prevented child marriage.

  • Police recruits trained on HIV & AIDSJul 24, 2013New police recruits that UNDP is training at the Armo Police Academy recently received basic police training for three months. Included in the training, on 15 May 2010 was a specific session on HIV & AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

  • Protecting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDSJul 25, 2013Amina , a mother of seven who lives with HIV in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and Omar , a father of nine, who tested HIV positive, have both recently been supported by the Legal Aid Clinic, based at the University of Hargeisa that is supported by UNDP. The Legal Aid project provides free legal advice and representation to vulnerable people. This includes supporting the rights of those most marginalized in our society, such as People Living with HIV & AIDS who all too often face terrible stigma and discrimination from their own families, relatives and surrounding community.

  • Reaching TB Patients: UNDP helps Tuberculosis through the Global Fund Reaching TB Patients: UNDP helps Tuberculosis through the Global Fund Mar 26, 2015Tuberculosis is a disease that is characterized with public ignorance and high social stigma of TB-patients leading to possible infected people to turn away support and care. According to the World Health Organization, the TB incidence rate in Syria is 18 per 100.000 populations. In 2013 3600 people have been diagnosed and treated for first and second line Tuberculosis.

Mobility, Migration and HIV Vulnerability
Mobility, Migration and HIV Vulnerability of Populations along the Ports of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

The report provides a literature review and updated situational analysis of the HIV vulnerability factors experienced by key populations in Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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