6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Where we are?


Yemen is a country with a very low HIV/AIDS incidence level. Despite the progress made in the recent past, the level of awareness of the seriousness of the disease is still insufficient, especially during political and military crisis; and the transition period (2011-2014) where the poverty levels has increased to around 54%. The number or registered cases has increased from 1 in 1990 to 3,700 by end 2012.

The registered cases may not reflect the total number of affected people due to the difficulties in surveying the disease as a result of the Yemeni traditions and customs that stigmatize the disease infected patient, which leading many patients not to notify on their conditions. The available information disclosed that AIDS incidence among men is as high as 66% in all of the reported cases. There are several factors for the spread of this disease including poor educational level, the inability of generating income especially in environments of widespread poverty, illiteracy and poor health services at many levels, as well as lack of proper national budget allocation. It is unlikely for Yemen to halt by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

UNDP's Work in Yemen

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 more

Ongoing Projects

Developing National Capacities to Address HIV/AIDS in Yemen

The programme aims to build national capacity in the health sector as well as other sectors and Civil Society, through the placement of international technical advisors and consultants to provide hands-on training to national counterparts, procurement of services and goods, and institutional support for ongoing activities more

Yemen status

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1.28 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