Humanitarian Health Action

HIV/AIDS guidelines in emergencies

Delivering Antiretroviral Drugs in Emergencies

Neglected but feasible. Populations affected by emergencies have been neglected in the provision of essential HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services, in particular, in the delivery of life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for prevention and treatment of HIV infections.

The development of programme strategies for integration of HIV, food and nutrition activities in refugee settings

A joint effort of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to develop, through multi-site field research in refugee communities in Africa, a set of strategies for using food and nutrition-based interventions to support HIV prevention, care, treatment and people living with HIV.

HIV behavioural surveillance surveys in conflict and post-conflict situations: A call for improvement

Behavioural surveillance surveys (BSSs), an evolution from the knowledge attitudes practice surveys (KAPs), are a tool to track trends in HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and risk behaviour among populations. The data collected support organizations in targeting specific HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities, monitoring their effectiveness and coverage, and allocating scarce resources. The objectives are to evaluate the quality and standardization of BSS-like surveys undertaken in conflict and post-conflict situations, and to provide recommendations to humanitarian agencies and governments on how to improve their quality.

Displaced and Infected

April-May 2006. UNHCR The Human Rights bimonthly publication, special issue on Displaced and Infected.

HIV/AIDS and the protection of refugees, IDPs and other Persons of consern

The note and the ten key points document provide an overview of how principles of refugee protection and human rights apply to persons of concern to UNHCR who are vulnerable to HIV and its consequences and/or are living or suspected to be living with HIV and AIDS. They serve to inform governments and UNHCR staff of recognized standards on HIV and AIDS and the protection of persons of UNHCR’s concern.

Global report on the AIDS epidemic 2010

Based on the latest data from 182 countries, this global reference book provides comprehensive analysis on the AIDS epidemic and response.


IASC Guidelines for HIV/AIDS interventions

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is issuing Guidelines for HIV/AIDS interventions in Emergency Settings to help individuals and organizations in their efforts to address the special needs of HIV-infected and HIV-affected people living in emergency situations. The Guidelines are based on the experiences of organizations of the UN system and their NGO partners, and reflect the shared vision that success can be achieved when resources are pooled and when all concerned work together.

A manual on nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS - 2002

Few crises have affected human health and threatened national, social and economic progress in quite the way that HIV/AIDS has. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on household food security and nutrition through its effects on the availability, stability and access to food and its use for good nutrition.

HIV/AIDS: A guide for nutrition care and support - July 2001

Approximately 36 million persons are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, 25 million of them in Africa. This guide provides information for affected households and communities on how to live a healthy life from the time of infection with HIV through the progression of the disease. Because a majority of people may not know their HIV status, the food/diet messages included are appropriate to help all adults and children lead healthier, more productive lives. The guide does not cover drug treatment and preventive practices, but complements other references on this topic.

Post-exposure prophylaxis

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is short-term antiretroviral treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection after potential exposure, either occupationally or through sexual intercourse. Within the health sector, PEP should be provided as part of a comprehensive universal precautions package that reduces staff exposure to infectious hazards at work.

IASC reference group on HIV/AIDS in emergency settings