Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings

In 2004, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) issued the guidelines Addressing HIV/AIDS Interventions in Emergency Settings to help guide those involved in emergency response, and those responding to the epidemic, to plan the delivery of a minimum set of HIV prevention, care and support interventions to people affected by humanitarian crises. This revised version of the guidelines, Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings, draws on the experiences of governments; UN, inter-governmental and nongovernmental organizations; and the Red Cross Red Crescent movement; and on recent developments in the field.

The guidelines have been updated to take into account improvements in humanitarian coordination; the growing understanding that antiretroviral therapy can be provided in low-resource settings, including in conflict zones; how quality HIV programming can be achieved when resources and personnel are pooled; and a shared concern that an understanding of all the facets of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and of the relevant human rights considerations, is an essential part of preparedness for humanitarian crises.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee