This policy is intended to offer guidance to clinicians, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments on the provision of ART among displaced populations, including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and long term ART. They are not meant to replace national guidelines but to provide additional guidance to health workers to deal with the specific needs of these populations.
As with all HIV and AIDS policies and programmes, ART must be linked to prevention, care and support programmes. ART should not be implemented as a parallel intervention, but rather as part of an integrated programme that is in itself linked to other existing services (e.g. reproductive health, nutrition, education and social services).
The guidance set forth in this document applies to all displaced populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and migrants. Specific guidance is necessary not only due to the unique characteristics of these populations, but also due to their specific vulnerabilities and frequent exclusion from HIV and AIDS related services.