UAE has some of the lowest number of HIV/Aids cases

ABU DHABI — There has been no significant increase in HIV/Aids cases in the UAE over the past few years, and there are statistics to prove it, according to an official report released recently.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Sun 16 Jul 2006, 10:33 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:11 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show that the UAE had some of the lowest number of reported HIV/Aids cases in the world over the past few years, according to an official report releaseed by the Preventive Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health.

The same situation has been reported in the neighbouring countries as well, according to the report.

"Cultural, social and behavioural norms have contributed to keeping infection at very low levels. However, another contributing factor was the Aids Control Programme, which was adopted by the ministry and considered as the first of its kind in the region," noted the report.

The report mentions that in view of the large communities of expatriates in the UAE, mostly from endemic countries, the programme that was jointly launched by government and private institutions is of great importance in curbing the disease.

The ultimate objective of the programme, which was initiated in response to the increasing awareness of policy-makers of the growing health, social-economic and development crises of Aids, is to prevent transmission of the disease and control its importation into the country through primary prevention, early detection and effective management.

The report said laws and regulations have been promulgated to regulate different aspects of the national plan, including the the 1985 ministerial order which added HIV/Aids to the list of notifiable diseases.

"No cases of transmission through blood products provided in UAE facilities have been recorded since 1985 when the Aids programme was implemented," said the report.

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