HIV in Emergencies

HIV in Emergencies

Ensure HIV prevention, treatment, protection, care and support services are available to children in risk-prone and emergency settings


Shocks, such as flooding, drought and armed conflict, can hinder progress towards the vision of an AIDS-free generation, because they can interrupt access to and continuation of HIV services including treatment. This is particularly important as countries deal with the effects of climate change and intense weather patterns that impact on service delivery. Risk-informed HIV programming means building more flexible, context-informed, disaster-prepared programmes, in order to help ensure that HIV prevention, treatment, protection, care and support services are not disrupted in the wake of a crisis. To learn more, view this animation.



UNICEF is committed to its work on HIV in emergencies so that vulnerability to HIV infection in humanitarian crisis is not increased, and HIV-related care needs are met. In emergency contexts, UNICEF support for children and women incorporates the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), providing paediatric antiretroviral therapy, and reducing HIV vulnerability related to sexual violence. Learn more about our Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action.


Strengthening Communities to Respond to Crises: Animation on HIV Risk-Informed Programming

UNICEF-Supported Clinic Provides Vital Services for Women with HIV in Haiti