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Croatian MDG 6: Combat HIV, tuberculosis and other diseases

picture: Paula Staresina,The fight against AIDS
(from the 2004 children's competition on MDGs in Croatia)

Reporting HIV and AIDS cases is obligatory in Croatia. According to the data from HIV/AIDS Register of Epidemiology Service with the Croatian Public Health Institute, from 1985 to the end of 2009, there were 792 persons in total who were diagnosed with HIV, and 301 of them have developed AIDS. In Croatia in the last 10 years, there has been 15 persons with AIDS registered on average, which makes Croatia a country with a low level of AIDS prevalence (number of new patients suffering from AIDS per year amounts to less than 4 per one mil of the population), owing to intense, continuous and systematic measures.

It is important to point out that, since the last Report in 2006, there has been significant achievement in the Target 1 (Maintaining the present level of HIV/AIDS infection in Croatia), in a sense that the percentage of education of youth has dramatically increased (38% in 2005 to 97% in 2009). In addition, 100% accomplishment was achieved in terms of involvement of population of drug addicts with HIV in some type of health protection (in 2005 71%). Also, the introduction of new legal regulations related to HIV positive persons were established, Law on Elimination of Discrimination.

In relation to Target 2: "Decrease the level of prevalence of tuberculosis", it should be noted that its prevalence has been gradually decreasing and the incidence rate in 2009 amounted to 19 per 100,000 of the population. Age distribution of persons suffering from tuberculosis in Croatia corresponds to age distribution in the developed countries, with the highest mortality recorded in the oldest age group.

In relation to that, it should be pointed out that the high number of vaccinated children that has been maintained throughout the period is the reason why disseminated types of tuberculosis in children and tuberculosis meningitis have been quite rare. The continuation of prevention programmes, especially early detection of the infection source and the treatment of the infected, are expected to contribute to a further decrease in the number of the infected.

Source: Overview of achievements of the Republic of Croatia in the fulfilment of Millennium Development Goals during the period from 2006 to 2010 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI), September 2010)