HIV in the Middle East: Everyone’s Business

This article has also been published on ilouban After reading an article on L’Orient-Le Jour by Nada Merhi on HIV (which by the way is an excellent thing in itself as the subject very rarely makes the mainstream media in Lebanon), I feel there is a need for us to re-humanize the HIV epidemic in … Continue reading

Hey Governments! Remember the Red Ribbon? Put It Back On!

Today is World AIDS Day, a day where everyone is invited to reflect on HIV and AIDS, and the impact the pandemy has had so far on humanity as a whole. This year’s thematic for WAD is Universal Access and Human Rights. Universal Access means universal access to the Anti-RetroVirals, a combination of drugs that, … Continue reading

Rights Here. Right Now. For All.

As the world is getting ready for the XVIII International AIDS Conference to be held from July the 18th to the 23rd 2010 organised around the theme “Rights Here, Right Now”, the issue of injecting drug use finds itself under the spotlight. One of the conference’s aims is to carry on the conversation initiated in Mexico … Continue reading

Making our own path: Changing the Present, Envisioning the Future

They’re called Dina, Hoda, Basma or Nagham. They’re bright, articulate, inspiring, and most of all, are determined to keep their region alive and thtriving. « You are the present and the future of this movement », declared Ms Reem Najjar, World Board Member and President of the YWCA of Jordan, just before the Young Women’s Leadership Dialogue … Continue reading

Save a Life, Stop Stigma

 The Middle East is not particularly well known for its open-mindedness and tolerance when it comes to drug users, HIV positive people and HIV/AIDS. These issues are usually very hushed, with very few people (if any) daring to be open about their status and very few families admitting that , no, their son is not … Continue reading

WAD09, Solidarity, Awareness and Human Rights

Happy World AIDS DAY 2009 everyone! This morning, the whole Café Thawra Team (that’d be Joe and me) went on Place des Nations in Geneva and took part in the Human Red Ribbon co-organised by UNAIDS, International Organisations and civil society in Geneva. Despite the freezing cold, colleagues, friends, passers-by, stood in front of the … Continue reading

World Aids Day : Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.

Finance Ministers Meeting: Q&A with international press As you know, World AIDS is happening on Tuesday December 1st. Unfortunately, HIV and AIDS are not issues that are taken seriously enough in the Middle East, let alone the Rights of People Living With HIV. Why not start Keeping the Promise? Follow me while I give you … Continue reading

On HIV, Women, Middle East and Blindness…

What do you think is the biggest challenge to living with HIV in Lebanon?The biggest challenge would be that, because we have so many conflicts in our country, HIV-positive people are not considered a priority. For me, as an individual, [my goal is] to fulfill my dreams. I have a lot of dreams regarding HIV-positive … Continue reading

The Testimony of Arab Women Living with HIV

World AIDS Day in the Middle East…

As you may know (or not, but now you’re aware :-)) World AIDS Day is tomorrow… Now some people think that middle eastern countries ignore, or even worse, like to pretend that HIV/AIDS doesn’t exist under their latitudes. Granted, this might be some leader’s discourse, followed by a fraction of the population. After all, HIV/AIDS … Continue reading