HIV/AIDS, humanitarian action and ‘new variant famine’
Ann Smith, HIV/AIDS Adviser for CAFOD
Paul Harvey, HPG Research Fellow, ODI
Alex De Waal, fellow at the Global Equity Initiative - Harvard University and Director of Justice Africa
The Humanitarian Policy group held a meeting at ODI to launch HPG Report 16, HIV/AIDS and humanitarian action. The meeting also presented initial findings from a review of the empirical evidence for the ‘new variant famine’ hypothesis.
What are the implications of HIV/AIDS for our understanding of crisis and humanitarian aid? HIV/AIDS is both a long-term crisis in its own right and a contributory factor in acute emergencies. The epidemic presents key challenges for both humanitarian and development assistance and for the interface between them.