National AIDS Program under the General Administration of Infectious Diseases Control, unit of Deputy of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was established in the year 1994. The HIV screening program for blood and blood products was introduced in 1984, when the first case was detected. Since then, the response was to develop a central unit at the national capital Riyadh and regional centres in the twenty health provinces. The program supports HIV prevention, care, treatment and other support services for the marginalized and the vulnerable groups, while provides awareness and education for general public.
The HIV risks and vulnerabilities amongst adolescents and young people is well recognized over the world, with the Middle East and North Africa region (and Saudi Arabia) being no exception. With this view in mind a Communication campaign the “Zero New Infections, Zero Deaths and Zero Stigma and Discrimination’ has been launched throughout the country using Television and Radio media in 2012.
The mission of National AIDS Program (NAP) is to prevent new HIV infections from occurring and visualize working towards getting to ‘Zero New Infections, Zero Deaths and Zero Stigma and Discrimination’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
NAP envisions where every person living with HIV and AIDS in the Kingdom will have access to quality care and is treated with dignity.
NAP envisages involvement of multi-sectorial partners in the health and non health sector, civil society, people living with HIV/AIDS, faith-based organisations, corporate sector and others to halt the further spread of HIV and maintain low prevalence rates of HIV amongst vulnerable groups and the general population.
NAP’s leadership role in providing a national coordinated HIV/AIDS/STI response to improve the quality of life, health and well being of persons living with HIV and AIDS will enhance access to comprehensive treatment, quality care and support services.
NAP is committed to build awareness and sensitise people on the issues of HIV and AIDS and lead effective communication campaigns for reaching ‘Zero New Infections, Zero Deaths, Zero Stigma and Discrimination’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
NAP strongly believes that people empowered with correct knowledge and information on HIV/AIDS/STI are better equipped to protect themselves from HIV infection.
Our core beliefs / principles:
- Respect for every individual as all human beings are equal.
- Everyone has the right to access HIV information and services.
- Passion to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS through our personal commitment.
- Greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS in programs and policies in the country at all levels.
- Building capacity of individuals and communities so that they can address their own needs.
The National AIDS Program is committed to protect and foster the rights of infected and affected individuals with HIV and AIDS. It coordinates a multi-sectorial response to HIV/AIDS by working in close collaboration with partners in health and non-health sectors of Government, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations and international agencies. Multi-sectorial response will effectively challenge the widely prevalent stigma and discrimination and facilitate improved access of basic services to people living with HIV and AIDS, children and their family members.
His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr Abdullah Abdulaziz M. Al Rabeeah, has approved the new organizational structure of the Ministry of Health on April 2, 2012. The organizational structure has already been approved by the Ministerial Committee for Administrative Organization. Furthermore, a circular was issued to all deputies, directorates, hospitals and medical cities.
To view the circular and the structure (available only in Arabic) click on the link below:
The National AIDS and STI Control Programme is under the General Administration of Infectious Diseases Control, unit of Deputy Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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National AIDS Program Yearly Achivements