Strengthening communities in crises


When crises strike, making sure services to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS continue is crucial. Watch this short video about risk informed programming to learn how we can make communities more resilient.

Severe flooding in Mozambique, in January 2013 1, and the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in May 20142, ravaged communities, straining fragile health systems, disrupting health services.

The impact of such emergencies can be especially critical for those who are HIV positive and those who are most at risk, as continued access to treatment is necessary for preventing new infections and avoiding resistance to ARVs.

And while the specifics of emergencies might be hard to predict, which after all is why they are called emergencies, the fact that there will be emergencies, especially in fragile and risk-prone countries can be expected.

Solutions can and should be put in place before the emergency ever hits – which is what risk-informed programming is all about. Better planning, including tracking local trends, understanding predictable patterns, supporting innovation and strengthening the capacity of partners will improve responses, helping to build more resilient individuals, services and communities.

To do so will save lives.


1 United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF’s Lessons Learned for HIV Programming: 2013 Floods in Gaza Province, Mozambique, UNICEF, New York, June 2014, accessed 03 November 2016.

2 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Sierra Leone National Aids Response Progress Report 2015, UNAIDS, Geneva, March 2014, accessed 03 November 2016.

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