Saudi Forum on Uniting Arab Countries to Combat AIDS opens

November 29, 2011

Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah opened the Saudi Forum on Uniting Arab Countries to Combat AIDS in Riyadh yesterday. Dr. Al-Rabeeah, who serves as Chairman of the Executive Bureau of the Council of Arab Health Ministers, delivered a speech in which he highlighted Saudi efforts to prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus. He noted that the Kingdom has been supporting regional and international efforts to prevent the prevalence of AIDS infections in Arab communities.

During his own remarks, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Preventive Medicine Dr. Ziyad bin Ahmed Mimish reported, “In 2010, the number of new Saudi patients with AIDS reached 1,121, a reduction of 9% over the previous year. From 1984 until 2010, the number of diagnosed AIDS cases reached 16,334 (4,458 Saudis and 11,876 non-Saudis).”

Participants at the Forum will discuss the latest scientific knowledge related to the nature of the disease, the various methods of treatment, the rate of new infections, and strategies for stemming the spread of AIDS. Furthermore, they will examine ways in which to support AIDS patients by ensuring them proper health care services, providing them with social and psychological support and protecting their rights.

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