Developing National Capacities to Address HIV/AIDS in Yemen

What is the project about

 Blood Test Equipment provided with support of UNDP

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. The program supported by this grant is addressing 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.

The program targets youth, people living below the poverty line, a marginalized group known as Al Akhdam, refugees, fishermen, truck drivers, prisoners, people living with HIV and the general population. The programme seeks to build on the momentum of significant recent developments regarding HIV/AIDS in Yemen. These include approval of a multi-sectoral strategic framework by the Cabinet in December 2002 and the establishment of a National multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS Task Force in February 2003.

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. Advocacy will be undertaken and awareness raised among leaders at all levels, the general population, as well as the already identified high-risk and vulnerable groups. This second phase programme is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). UNDP plays the role as Principal Recipient (PR) in charge of managing the funds.

What we have accomplished so far

  • Enhance HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support capacity among Government and Civil Society stakeholders.
  • Awareness of HIV/AIDS and other STI's among general population and identified vulnerable and high risk groups is enhanced and risk behavior is reduced.
  • Strengthen HIV surveillance system - both biological and behavioral studies.
  • Increase coverage of HIV/AIDS- safe blood for transfusion, establish and enforce national blood safety standards.
  • Provide management support and capacity development to the NBTRC, NPC and NAP for the implementation.
  • Working with the religious leaders and media professionals in dissemination of HIV awareness. 
  • Supporting the endorsement of the law to protect the society and the People Live With HIV (PLHIV).
  • Creating NGOs to support PLHIV
  • Targeting the MARPS in Yemen through the outreach program (Behavior Change).
  • Starting the microfinance project in three governorates: Sana'a, Aden and Hodiedah.

Who finances it?

Donor name

Amount contributed per year $US

GFATM 10,859,840
UNDP 301,620

Delivery in previous fiscal year

 Dec 2012     
347,877.30 US$

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