Ebola crisis – Ensuring continuity of HIV services

A 2-page document, Ebola crisis – Ensuring continuity of HIV services— an IATT advocacy brief / guidance document on HIV in the Ebola crisis. While containing Ebola remains the priority in the affected countries, the impact of the Ebola Crisis on health systems is of grave concern; routine services including HIV/TB services have been compromised and people living with HIV are increasingly vulnerable.

During the Ebola Emergency response, securing continuity of access to anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs for children and their families and essential HIV prevention interventions including PMTCT is critical to reduce morbidity and mortality of people living with HIV and to prevent new infections. To this end, the UNAIDS Inter Agency Task Team (IATT) to address HIV in Humanitarian Emergencies is advocating for a minimum HIV service package as part of efforts to restore public health services during this EVD outbreak.

This brief outlines the recommended minimum HIV package of interventions and actions required to ensure continuity of HIV services, including through community platforms. The brief was developed by a small working group made up of UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, UNHCR, Save the Children and WFP.

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