The Displaced and HIV/AIDS
The trauma of war, violence and persecution, followed by the misery of exile, are often the sad destiny of refugees. The plight of the uprooted is even worse in parts of the world affected by HIV/AIDS. Not only are refugees accused of spreading HIV and other diseases, but they are often excluded from multi-million dollar HIV/AIDS programmes.
UNHCR promotes and supports the development of comprehensive HIV programmes to ensure universal access to HIV prevention services and AIDS treatment, care and support programmes. The refugee agency is a UNAIDS co-sponsor and the lead agency for HIV among refugees and internally displaced people. Through the years, UNHCR has developed a unique competence and expertise in HIV in conflict settings, particularly related to displaced populations.
Visit our French-language website here for HIV/AIDS documents in French.
- Laboratory Services in UNHCR-Supported Primary Health Care Facilities. Principles and Guidelines [French]
- UNHCR's Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies Policy and Guidelines 2011 [French]
- Epidemic Preparednes and Response in Refugee Camp Settings. Guidance for Public Health Officers [French]
- Joint Statement: Scaling up the community-based health workforce for emergencies, October 2011
- Ensuring Access to Health Care: Operational Guidance on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas [French Spanish]