UNAIDS HIV and Social Protection Guidance Note

UNAIDS Guidance Note, 2011; Available through Inter-Agency Task Team on Children affected by AIDS Download publication via UNICEF

Briefing on the potential of social protection schemes to improve HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

UNAIDS argues for the importance of social protection as an integral part of the global response to the HIV epidemic. The strengths of social protection lie in its capacity to address the structural drivers of HIV at the same time as targeting its impact on communities, households and individuals directly.

The report features case studies from:

  • Mchinji, Malawi: HIV-Sensitive Cash Transfers
  • Uganda: National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA) Supporting Treatment Adherence
  • Zambia: Using Innovation to Reduce Stigma
  • Botswana: Psychosocial Support for Children Affected by HIV
  • India: Making National Social Protection Schemes HIV-Sensitive
  • Thailand: Ensuring Universal Access to Health Care

Social protection can help mitigate the significant social and economic impacts of HIV on households and individuals, provided that programmes are responsive to the particular needs of people living with and affected by HIV


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