Governments, Civil Society Organizations ‘Must Work Together On All Fronts’ To Eliminate HIV In Middle East By 2030
SciDev.Net: Middle East needs fresh strategy to curb HIV surge
Hany Hassan Ziady, professor of public health at Alexandria University in Egypt
“…For the Middle East to eliminate HIV/AIDS, governments must start by expanding examination and counseling services to identify as many cases of infection as possible. And governments need better scientific evidence to help them design health programs. … Efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination are also crucial. … Governments also need proper administrative, economic, and legal infrastructure to build momentum in the fight against HIV. And this will not be achieved without money, whether from local health department budgets, civil society organizations, or donor aid. … [I]f we want to eliminate HIV in the region by 2030, we must change our current style of handling the epidemic. To get anywhere near this goal, governments and organizations must work together on all fronts” (12/8).