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Barriers to Migrants and Mobile Populations in Accessing Comprehensive HIV Services and Treatment

July 20, 2010

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For more information on this session, including access to speaker presentations, please see the conference Programme-at-a-Glance.

Although conditions of mobility and migration are known to increase individuals' vulnerability to HIV, there is little attention paid to the barriers migrants face in accessing comprehensive services, especially treatment and care. HIV-related restrictions on entry and stay, and the effects of related detention and deportation are prominent barriers to treatment and care. Similar barriers to accessing comprehensive services also exist for cross-border, informal migrants. Migrants may face difficult situations, in both their home and destination countries. Destination country policies may restrict access to proper prevention or treatment services, while home country policies may restrict access to comprehensive services. Those who are deported because of HIV may not have access to services due to stigma or the nature of their return.

Presentations in This Session:

Presented by Amara T. Quesada (Philippines)
Programme Officer, Action for Health Initiative, Philippines

HIV-related Travel Restrictions and Human Rights Violations
Presented by Peter Wiessner (Germany)
AIDS Federation and European Aids Treatment Group (EATG)

HIV Positive Migrants and Lack of Access to Healthcare Services in Detention Centers: Neglect, Discrimination and Death
Presented by Rommell Franco Legwes (Philippines)

Cross-Border Migration: How Does it Affect Access to HIV Services?
Presented by Islam Shakirul (Bangladesh)
Lead Researcher and Chairman of OKUP

Return Does Not Equal Reintegration: Access to Treatment and Prevention for HIV Positive Migrants Who Have Returned to Their Home Country
Presented by Malu Marin (Philippines)
Coordination of Action Research for AIDS and Mobility in Asia (CARAM Asia)

Mobility and Vulnerability to HIV: a Strategy to Seek and Improve Access to Healthcare Services
Presented by Fatou Maria Dramé (Senegal)

Overcoming the Barriers in Establishing Access to Healthcare Services for Migrants and Mobile Populations: Best Practices
Presented by Henrique Barros (Portugal)
Director, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology,
Professor, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP)

Moderated Discussion


Barriers to Migrants and Mobile Populations in Accessing Comprehensive HIV Series and Treatment (.mp3)

Barriers to Migrants and Mobile Populations in Accessing Comprehensive HIV Series and Treatment (.mp3) (Russian)

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