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Review of IOM and IFRC material on HIV and AIDS in sudden onset emergencies

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This research looked specifically at two organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), with the aim being to determine the impacts of sudden onset disasters on persons living with HIV (PLHIV).  

The main findings based on research undertaken with IOM and IFRC turned up evidence of these conditions in the wake of sudden onset disasters, as well as evidence on additional factors that may increase vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, these include:

• Overcrowded or inappropriate temporary shelter,

• Unstable livelihoods situations, and resulting increase in risky behaviour

• High levels of stigma and discrimination.

Sara Simon