Special Health Program

Since 2002, OFID has been an active partner in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, but this focus has now shifted to incorporate other preventable diseases, including TB, malaria and waterborne illnesses. Also targeted are non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, which are more prevalent in poor developing countries. A legacy of the HIV/ AIDS pandemic, NCDs prey on people weakened by that disease and reportedly claim the lives of more than 36 million people every year in the developing world.


In 2001, OFID took steps to consolidate and strengthen its involvement in the global effort against HIV/AIDS by creating a special program. As of December 31,  2015, US$89 million was approved under the program.

OFID has worked with a broad coalition of strategic partners to fight the pandemic in over 90 countries. Interventions have covered many areas, including awareness, prevention, testing and counselling, as well as care, treatment and support.

OFID's partners include the ILO, the IFRC, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC and WHO, among others. Joint initiatives have been carried out across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab World.     See video clip on left: HIVAIDS Education: OFID and UNESCO

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