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HIV/AIDS in Syria and the response of the National AIDS Program during the war
  1. Jamal Khamis1,
  2. Ali Ghaddar2,3
  1. 1 National AIDS Program, Ministry of Health, Damascus, Syria
  2. 2 Department of Biomedical Science, Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon
  3. 3 Department of Epidemiology, Observatory of Public Policies and Health, Beirut, Lebanon
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ali Ghaddar, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Lebanese International University, Beirut 146404, Lebanon; ali.ghaddar{at}

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The healthcare system in Syria has been severely affected as the conflict continues for the sixth year.1 Attacks on civilians and deliberate targeting health facilities and health professionals led to significant reduced access to health services as more than half of healthcare facilities became closed or partly functioning and more than half of health professionals fled the country.2 In such hostile environments, the vulnerability to HIV transmission among affected …

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  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Contributors JK is the manager of the NAP at MOH, Syria. He performed and coordinated data collection and analysed the reports. AG drafted the manuscript.

  • Competing interests LIUCRE-160612-1.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.