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Armed conflicts aggravate and accelerate the vulnerabilities of populations that are already exposed to risks, uncertainties, and instabilities. The availability and accessibility of health services, as well as harm reduction strategies, are heavily jeopardized in these precarious contexts.

Current conflicts are an immediate cause for broken health systems and will evidently raise mortality rates amongst people living with HIV or TB. In addition, millions of people on the move have an impact on health systems in the countries they move towards.

The current crisis in Ukraine shows the lack of policies that address, recognize and support people on the move. These populations are not identified as a key population by UNAIDS, adding complexities in the much-needed provision of support and services, resulting in blurred responsibilities within the international community and difficult funding environments.

The session will critically review the policies addressing HIV service provision for refugees and people on the move due to armed conflicts. It will highlight policy shortcomings and propose actions to ensure a human rights- and evidence-based response to the needs of people living and affected by HIV who are impacted by armed conflicts.

13:00
2 min
Welcome and introduction
Joanne LIU, McGill University, Canada
13:02
40 min
Panel discussion
Andriy KLEPIKOV, Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine
Vinay SALDANHA, UNAIDS U.S. Liaison Office in Washington D.C., United States
Peter SANDS, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland
Erin ANASTASI, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Switzerland
13:42
10 min
Q&A
13:52
2 min
Closing remarks
Joanne LIU, McGill University, Canada
13:54
8 min
Prudence Mabele Prize
Yvette RAPHAEL, APHA, South Africa
Khourtney OTIENO, Men For Positive Living, Kenya
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