Is Ethiopia on Fast-Track to reach UNAIDS target #10?

February 14, 2016

Insights on the availability and accessibility of social protection programs for PLHIV and key groups in Ethiopia: study report and factsheet released.

The Community of Practice on HIV and livelihoods -initiated by STOP AIDS NOW! in 2012- came to an end December 2015. In January we conducted a successful end event in the presence of the partner organisations, government officials, the Netherlands Embassy and UNAIDS. The Community of Practice plans to continue as a platform of Ethiopian NGOs working together on HIV and social protection and livelihoods development. To develop programs, to do research and advocate and fundraise together. We managed to get funding to start a follow-up project on HIV and livelihoods development in Hawassa province, with the aim to improve the livelihoods of PLHIV and women at risk for HIV, at the same time strengthening local CBOs to ensure sustainable outcomes.

Study on access to social protection by PLHIV and key groups

Effective social protection is vital to reducing the disadvantages and inequalities that make people vulnerable to HIV infection, enabling people living with HIV to live healthily and adhere to treatment, and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on households.

A study conducted during the Community of Practice explores the availability and accessibility of Social Protection programs for PLHIV and key groups inoperational areas of 4 of our partners in Ethiopia. The study shows that among the respondents, 37% receive no support whatsoever and 24% have support from one program. Ethiopia has still big steps to take to achieve UNAIDS goal 10 on social protection: 75% of people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV, who are in need, benefit from HIV-sensitive social protection. The Ethiopian government, UNAIDS and the ILO have taken an interest in the study. The study will be presented soon during the next National Social Protection Platform in Ethiopia.

Read the fact sheet and/or the full study report to find out more about the (un)availability of specific social protection programs and barriers andobstacles for not accessing them.