General Information
Project ID:LEB/03/P61
Start Date:01/ 07/ 2003
End Date:15/ 06/ 2005
MDG Goal(s)
MDG 6- Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases
International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action
Geographic Coverage
Implementing Partner
Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire (SIDC)
Target Groups / Beneficiaries
Vulnerable Groups
Contact Information
Name:Elie Aaraj
Address:SIDC, Sin El Fil

HIV/AIDS Awareness among Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Lebanon


This project was conceptualized and developed by UNFPA in partnership with the National AIDS Control Programme (NAP) as part of a Regional Initiative for “Enhancing STI/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Selected Countries in the Arab Region”. The UNFPA/NAP project, that was funded by UNFPA and OPEC Fund for International Development, represented a second phase of a past initiative in Lebanon supported by UNAIDS and implemented by the NAP, and which was intended to carry out a situation analysis about knowledge and attitudes of the vulnerable population on HIV/AIDS prevention followed by outreach and awareness activities targeting that same population. The UNFPA/NAP project was executed by a local NGO i.e. Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire (SIDC) that was entrusted with the implementation of all project activities in close coordination and partnership with UNFPA and NAP. It contributed to the realization of the second program cycle (2002-2009), mainly the Reproductive Health (RH) output for “increased availability of information and enhanced awareness of youth about reproductive and sexual health”. The project consisted of two main components one addressing young people and another one vulnerable groups.


Young people

The key achievements in the area of capacity development included the following:
  • Identification and selection of youth groups and peers who will be involved in awareness-raising activities.
  • Enhancing the capacities of 33 selected youth peers on HIV/AIDS prevention and control including condom use as well communication and sensitization techniques.
  • A monitoring framework developed along with tools and instruments including follow up meetings with peer educators to assess the needs and challenges faced by the NGOs and young people during implementation of outreach activities.
  • Six session plans for youth peer education on six different topics were produced and provided to the young people to assist them better plan their outreach sessions.

The key achievements in the area of outreach included the following:
  • Outreach to an estimated 2100 young male and female people through organization of awareness activities in various Lebanese regions particularly in universities, youth clubs, scouts, camps.
  • Production of a short movie with its facilitator guide on HIV/AIDS (transmission, prevention, stigma, discrimination, social exclusion, etc).
  • Production of a series of 4 pamphlets covering the following area: HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, STIs, stigma and discrimination, and condom use.
Vulnerable groups

The key achievements in the area of advocacy included the following:
  • Reactivation and sensitization of the advisory committee of gatekeepers in support of intervention targeting vulnerable population.
The key achievements in the area of capacity development included the following:
  • Establishing and engaging a network of 6 NGOs covering almost all Lebanese regions in support of the project activities.
  • Enhancing the capacities of 44 outreach workers to act as peer educators among the vulnerable population. The training covered a wide range of topics including outreach, communication and negotiation skills, condom promotion, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Setting up a monitoring framework including regular follow up meetings with the outreach workers to discuss challenges faced and to build on lessons learnt.
  • The key achievements in the area of outreach included the following:
  • Implementing outreach activities at national level in selected venues and targeting an estimated 2,638 persons most at risk.
  • Developing a reference booklet used in outreach activities.
The key achievements in the area of generation of evidence included the following:
  • Undertaking of a study on “Knowledge, Attitudes and Prevalence of Condom Use among Female Sex Workers in Lebanon”. Three hundred and one sex workers in the age groups 25-29 and 30-34 years were reached by this study.

Latest update: 8/16/2011