At the meeting of the IASC Principals held on 6 December 2016, the Director General of the World Health Organization reminded participants of the context and lessons from the Ebola response in 2016 and the High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crisis, that had prompted the decision at the Principals Meeting held in June 2016, to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for infectious hazards. The SOPs, now endorsed, provide guidance with respect to an effective collective response in the event of future large scale outbreaks. The SOPs ensure appropriate procedures are in pla
The IASC guidelines for HIV/AIDS Interventions aim to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to address the special needs of people living with HIV in humanitarian settings, and emphasize the minimum required actions needed to manage HIV/AIDS in the early phase of humanitarian settings. The guidelines are applicable in any emergency setting, whether the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is high or low.
The IASC guidelines for HIV/AIDS Interventions aim to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to address the special needs of people living with HIV in emergency situations, and emphasize the minimum required actions needed to manage HIV/AIDS in the early phase of emergency situations. The guidelines are applicable in any emergency setting, whether the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is high or low. This document consists of four parts: 1. Part one introduces the rationale for specific HIV/AIDS interventions in complex emergencies2.
AIDS kills young adults, especially women, who are the backbone of their families and communities. It leaves behind orphans in large numbers with few prospects for a healthy future. Entire communities are collapsing under the strain of caring for the ill while maintaining productive livelihoods. Problems in governance, lack of appropriate agricultural policies and pervasiveness of poverty all contribute towards compounding the effects of the severe drought.
Over the last two decades, complex emergencies resulting from conflict and natural disasters have occurred with increasing frequency throughout the world. Many people are exposed to conditions of conflict, social instability, poverty and powerlessness that also favor the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.The detailed plan of action identifies the objectives to be fulfilled on HIV/AIDS issues in emergency settings. The objectives are within three thematic areas:1) Capacity building and training
The factors contributing to the crisis in Southern Africa are numerous and vary from country to country. They include: drought, floods, disruptions to commercial farming, depletion of strategic grain reserves, poor economic performance, foreign exchange shortages and delays in the timely importation of maize. Inadequate food supply and consumption places an even greater strain on those affected by HIV/AIDS and the family members struggling to care for them.