HIV and Social Protection guidance note (2011)
UNAIDS has identified social protection as a strategic priority in the global HIV response because of its importance in addressing the drivers of the epidemic as well as helping to mitigate its impacts on communities, households and individuals. Moreover, according to the UNAIDS Investment Framework, investments in social protection are necessary to achieving the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. There is growing global and national commitment to social protection in low- and middle-income countries, in part in response to HIV and AIDS. It is now time for HIV experts to work more closely with social protection experts to ensure that national social protection strategies are responsive to individuals and families living with and affected by HIV – in short, that it is ‘HIV-sensitive social protection’.