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AIDS Programmes

National Strategic Framework: 2007-2011

Situation Report (UNAIDS 2006):
In Algeria, the national response to the HIV epidemic started very early after the first case in 1985 with the elaboration of an emergency plan including blood safety, treatment of AIDS-related opportunistic diseases and training of medical personnel on HIV and AIDS. The major barriers to prevention, treatment, care and support are the lack of a coordinated surveillance system, monitoring and evaluation system, and the lack of voluntary counselling and testing services. All the elements to overcome these gaps exist but the only way to overcome these barriers is a reorganization of the National AIDS Council with a clear mandate, with authority and with the resources to function.

Although the HIV surveillance system in Algeria is very weak and data collection irregular, the data available show that women, young people and especially marginalized groups are still extremely vulnerable to HIV and unfortunately despite this, prevention activities are not focusing on these groups of the population.

Challenges include reviewing the 2002–2006 National Strategic Plan and elaborating the 2007–2011 one with relevant costing, strengthening the HIV/AIDS 2nd generation surveillance system, standardizing the prevention, care and treatment strategy, implementing a monitoring and evaluation system and Country Response Information System, and implementing voluntary counselling and testing with a clear promotion strategy.

HIV/AIDS Organisations

  APCS (Association de Protection Contre le Sida)
Contact person: Tel: +213 4153 0579
Location: 2 rue Sylvain Parent
Cave gay, Gambetta
Oran, Algeria
Fax: +213 4153 0579
What we do:

  Association AIDS Algerie
Contact person: Adel Zeddam, president Tel: +213 21 741 528
Location: 7 Rue, Ahcen Khemissa
Alger, Algeria
Fax: +213 21 744 374
What we do:

  North African Network of AIDS Service Organisations - NANASO
Contact person: Anouar Moalla, coordinator Tel: +216 71 872 847
Location: 42, rue Tahar Ben Brahim
1013 El Menzah
IXb Tunis, Tunisia
Fax: +216 70 860 509
What we do:

 UNAIDS Country Coordinator
Contact person: Samia Belacel-Lounnas Tel: +213 21 693 470
Location: Mobile: +213 61 413 527
  Fax: +213 21 692 355
What we do:

 UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS, Chair
Contact person: Belhadj Hassine Sadok, ILO Tel: +213 21 691 212
Location: Fax: +213 21 482 585
What we do:

Treatment Map

Adult HIV Prevalence Rate (%): 0.1
No. Of People living with HIV/AIDS: 19,000
No. Of HIV Testing & Counselling Sites: n/a
No. Of People in need of ART: n/a
No. Of People On ART (Oct. 2005): 575
No. Of Sites Reportedly Distributing ARVs (2005): at least 7 centres
No. Of People on ART Public Sector: n/a
No. Of People on ART Private Sector: n/a
No. Of People on ART in Non-Government Programmes: n/a
No. Of People Expected to be on ART by end of 2007: n/a
Front Line Drug Regimen: n/a
*PMTCT Regimen: n/a

HIV/AIDS Fund Disbursements:
Total Funds Disbursed By The Global Fund as of August 2006: US$ 4,462,672
Total Funds Disbursed By The World Bank Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Programme (MAP): not applicable
Total Funds Disbursed By PEPFAR During 2005 Fiscal Year:

Sources: Ministry of Health, UNAIDS, UNGASS Report


Demographics (United Nations Population Fund):
Population: 33.4 million
Urban population: 63 percent

Under 5 mortality per 1000 births: 33
Male life expectancy: 70.6 years
Female life expectancy: 73.3 years
Combined average life expectancy: 71.95 years
Combined average life expectancy 1975-1980: approx. 54.5 years

Education (UNESCO, 2004):
Males with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths: 78 percent
Females with secondary education as percentage of secondary school-age youths: 84 percent

Literacy rates (UNESCO, 2004):
Percentage of literate males aged 15 or older: 79.6 percent
Percentage of literate females aged 15 or older: 60.1 percent
Combined literacy rate for aged 15 or older: 69.85 percent
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