The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United Nations, launched the National Campaign to eradicate AIDS by 2030, in conjunction with World AIDS Day.
Dr. Walid Kamal, director of the National AIDS Program at the Department of Health, said the ministry had drafted a plan to eliminate the HIV virus by 2030 and that the HIV infection rate this year had dropped to less than 0.02 percent .
He pointed out that the ministry reaches 100% of people with AIDS in Egypt, and provides them with full health care and treatment, and the proportion of up to 20% for every ten thousand citizens, the lowest share in the world.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Health is engaged in efforts to prevent, access to care and treatment services for all citizens, and provide psychological and social support to the injured and their families, a constitutional right for them.
According to the director of the National AIDS program, the social stigmatization of people with HIV / AIDS prevents many people becoming self-proclaimed, so they do not receive treatment.
He added that no cases of infection were detected in government hospitals due to AIDS patients.
He emphasized d. Ahmed Khamis, director of the United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), estimates that 36 million people worldwide are infected with AIDS in 2017, of whom 21 million receive antiretroviral treatment, 59% more than 2.3 million a year earlier.
He added that last year 1 million and 800 thousand were newly infected with the virus, and 940 thousand died of the virus in the same year.
He pointed out that 77 million people have been infected with the virus since the beginning of the epidemic, of which 35 million people have died.
He said that 80% of pregnant women living with the disease were treated in 2017 and that new infections with the virus have decreased by 74% since the peak in 1996.
He added that the infection risk in children fell by 35% in 2010 and that 749 women each week between 15 and 24 years of the virus.
He pointed out that tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among people living with AIDS and that in 2016 10 million people were infected with tuberculosis.
The World AIDS Program has allocated $ 21 billion to AIDS in low- and middle-income countries and is expected to reach $ 62 billion by 2020, he said.
During the conference, a propaganda video was launched under the name Baida, in which people with HIV / AIDS were summoned side by side to live together in the community, with the collaboration of artist Ahmed Malik, Salma Abu Adeef and the crime of Mansour.