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UNHCR - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Antiretroviral Medication Policy for Refugees
UNHCR, January 2007, 16 pp

Reproduced with the kind permission of the UNHCR.


"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) ARV policy for refugees is designed to offer guidance to UNHCR and its implementing and operational partners as well as to host Governments on the provision of the different forms of available ARVs, namely short-term preventive ARVs to avoid mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission in certain situations as well as long term ART. This document sets the objectives as to the availability of ARVs and ART for refugees and outlines the scope of engagement and the responsibilities of UNHCR offices in working towards the achievement of these objectives. The document complements earlier UNHCR policy papers and guidelines related to HIV/AIDS2-5 and is consistent with international recommendations relating to ART.1, 6-8 As with all HIV and AIDS policies and programmes,ARV interventions must be linked to prevention, care and support programmes. ARVs should not be implemented as a parallel intervention but rather as part of an integrated HIV/AIDS programme which is in itself linked to other existing services (e.g. reproductive health, protection, nutrition,education and social services)."

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