Strategy three: Empowering communities

Situation:

Vulnerable population groups are particularly disempowered. They lack a formal representation and a voice in decision-making, an effective public voice, mitigation options, a dependable support network and sufficient fungible assets.Double-stigmatization, social exclusion, lack of access to resources, and dependency on public services are examples for vulnerability in connection with HIV/AIDS and migration.

It is not the migratory status of people as such, which makes mobile populations vulnerable with respect to HIV & AIDS. It is rather the type of activity vulnerable groups of migrants get involved in (i.e. commercial sex work, MSM)

  1. Presently there is little information on the specific risk of HIV transmission/ AIDS infection undocumented workers in the formal sector are confronted with (i.e. mining, construction, etc.).

Certain push factors need to be taken into consideration,in rleation to people with HIV&AIDS  who choose to seek treatment abroad, due to fear of stigmatization at home, or because treatment is not available domestically.

Approach:

  • Channeling lobbying processes to representatives of migrants‘ sub-groups affected by HIV. Is necessary to understand the diversity of migrant groups rather than trying to bundle interests of “the” migrants as such.
  • Working with regional NGO networks focusing on HIV/AIDS like CVC and CRN+. They offer a key access point for migrants in search of HIV services and an ideal platform for educational campaigns.
  • Supporting an enabling environment of migrant’s access to HIV services. It is necessary that the vulnerability of different migrant groups will be further analyzed and disaggregate data provided.
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