The World AIDS Day is annually celebrated globally on the 1st of December to raise awareness on the HIV epidemic and advocate for ending it as an integral part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In Egypt, World AIDS Day is commemorated through a months long national campaign, outreaching rural and urban parts of Egypt, through civil society; youth led organizations and partners, under the leadership of the National AIDS Program of the Ministry of Health and Population.
While Egypt remains a country with a low prevalence epidemic, the epidemic in Egypt is still on the rise. In response, Egypt launched its new national strategic plan addressing HIV and AIDS 2015-2020, adopting global targets for prevention where support is to be provided to vulnerable populations to exercise their right to knowledge on HIV prevention, improve detection to achieved the identification of 90% of the people estimated to be living with HIV by the end of the strategic framework by 2020, and ensure the reduction of stigma and discrimination by overcoming obstacles and risk with a timely regulated response and legal support. This is to be done with an alignment with all stakeholders to ensure implementation and goal achievement of the National Strategic Framework., pertaining to the ultimate goal of ending AIDS by 2030, as the global target, part of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Despite all the progress that have been made in this field, stigma remains a major concern hindering the response to HIV in Egypt. UNAIDS Egypt is part of the UNJP- UN Joint Programme which unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. This directly links with the joint pilot implemented by the National AIDS Program, through UNAIDS technical support and the Netherlands Embassy in Egypt funding.