6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Where are we?

Goal is achievable.

The almost zero prevalence of HIV/AIDS for the whole population and submission of the first UNGASS report in 2010 for Kuwait is an indicator of the country's commitment towards combating HIV/AIDS. And as Kuwait is a malaria free country, The State of Kuwait should be able to combat, control and reverse HIV/AIDS and TB by 2015.


A National Committee for HIV/AIDS was established in Kuwait in February 2010 and UNDP is an official member in it.  The committee is composed from representatives of various sectors like  the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Blood Bank and others. We participated in the preparation of the first UNGASS report for Kuwait for the year 2010. 

The UNGASS report identified the gaps in HIV/AIDS work in Kuwait, like the lack of a HIV/AIDS Strategy for Kuwait, no VCT centers, lack of involvement of the NGOs, , and lack of awareness and advocacy efforts.

UNDP's work in Kuwait

Targets for MDG6
  1. Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    • HIV prevalence among population aged 15-24 years
    • Condom use at last high-risk sex
    • Proportion of population aged 15-24 years with comprehensive correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS
    • Ratio of school attendance of orphans to school attendance of non-orphans aged 10-14 years
  2. Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
    • Proportion of population with advanced HIV infection with access to antiretroviral drugs