Elie Aaraj

Elie AarajElie Aaraj has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS and harm reduction since 1987, when he founded local Lebanese organisation “Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire,” which began with an in-home nursing programme during the civil war, and expanded to work on HIV/AIDS and drugs projects within the following years.

Mr. Aaraj completed his Master’s degree in Community Health at the Saint Joseph University, Lebanon, after having received a License in Nursing at the Lebanese University in 1982. Having qualified as a nurse, he worked in two hospitals in Lebanon, before becoming the Director of the Nurse-Aid Technical School at Hayek Hospital, Beirut, a post which he held for two years, then founded SIDC.

In 2007, Mr. Aaraj became one of the founders of the MENAHRA network, and has been its executive director since. He is also the current President of the Regional/Arab Network Against AIDS (RANAA).
Alongside his employment, Mr. Aaraj undertakes many other professional activities, many focusing on the prevention of substance misuse, harm reduction and HIV/AIDS. He has also published three major pieces of research on drug use and prevention among others, as well as numerous resources for practitioners in this field.

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