• Middle East & North Africa43
  • AIDS Map of Northern Africa
  • Jerusalem AIDS Project
    Provides training and education in AIDS awareness, includes conference information.
  • Arab Net


    AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa. Except for the UNAIDS "factsheets" included below, there is a dearth of information about HIV infection and AIDS coming from the Middle East and North African countries. By the end of 1999, an estimated 220,000 (0.13%) adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS in the region; rather a low prevalence compared to the neighboring countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, or even some countries of the neighboring countries in Asia and Europ.

    Recent evidence indicates increase incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS in the region. Studies in southern Algeria revealed about 1% of HIV infection among pregnant women, attending antenatal clinics; this suggests an increasing spread among the general population. Based on such studies, about 80,000 new HIV infections is estimated per year, increasing the estimate of people living with HIV/AIDS to about 400,000 by the end of year 2000. This almost doubled the rate (0.2%), about 40% of whom are women. In Djibouti, about 12% of the adult population are living with HIV/AIDS, the highest in the region.

    Deaths due to AIDS-related illnesses was estimated to have increased from 13,000 in 1999 to 24,000 by the end of 2000. In 1998, deaths due to AIDS-related illnesses was the third leading cause of morbidity among 14 to 44 year olds in the low and middle-income countries of the region.