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STI, HIV/AIDS

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Key resources in the STI, HIV/AIDS category:
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IASC Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings
Source: Inter-Agency Standing Committee, updated December 2009

Guidelines for the Care of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Conflict-affected Settings
Source: Women’s Refugee Commission on behalf of the RHRC Consortium, December 2004

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control: A short course for humanitarian workers. Facilitator's Manual.

Source: Women's Refugee Commission on behalf of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium, November 2004

A comprehensive list of all resources in the STI, HIV/AIDS category is below.




  • Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings
    Source: Save the Children/UNFPA, September 2009
    This toolkit was developed as a companion to the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Refugee Settings to help humanitarian program managers and healthcare providers meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents when an emergency strikes, and to ensure that service providers and program managers have the right resources to make programs acceptable, accessible and appropriate for adolescents in emergency situations. It includes user-friendly tools for assessing adolescent needs, fostering participation with communities and parents, and identifying reproductive health entry points in existing adolescent programs.
  • Conflict, Post-Conflict, And HIV/AIDS: the Gender Connections
    Source: Judy A. Benjamin, Women's Refugee Commission, November 2001
    Women, War and HIV/AIDS: West Africa and the Great Lakes. Remarks by Judy A. Benjamin, Senior Technical Advisor, Women's Refugee Commission. Presented at the World Bank on International Women's Day 2001.
  • Fact Sheet on HIV and other STIs
    Source: Raise Initiative, 2007
    This is an overview of key facts, messages and resources on HIV and other STIs.
  • Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings
    Source: WHO/Inter-Agency Standing Committee, December 2010
    These Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings aim to assist humanitarian and AIDS organizations to plan the delivery of a minimum set of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services to people affected by humanitarian crises. These guidelines are a revised version of a document entitled IASC Guidelines for HIV/AIDS Interventions in Emergency Settings.
  • Guidelines for the Care of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Conflict-affected Settings
    Source: Women's Refugee Commission on behalf of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium, December 2004
    The STI Guidelines aim to raise awareness of the complexities of sexually transmitted infection (STI) care and to highlight the areas where improvements may be possible. The Guidelines will help health coordinators, program managers and technical advisors to take action to combat STIs. While technical components for clinical health workers are included, the Guidelines also provide non-clinical staff with insight into an important public health issue. To see the latest technical guidance, please consult the 2010 revised Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings.

    Above link is a 3.7Mb zip'ed file. Also available in three parts: Sections 1-4, Sections 5-10, and evaluation forms and annexes.

    Also available in French, Spanish, and Arabic (one large PDF here (25Mb) or three smaller parts I, II, and III (each approx. 10Mb)).

    If you would like to request a hard copy of these guidelines, please contact info@rhrc.org.

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control: A short course for humanitarian workers. Facilitator's Manual
    Source: Women's Refugee Commission on behalf of the Reproductive Health Response in Crises Consortium, November 2004
    This 5-day course on HIV/AIDS prevention and control aims to assist humanitarian workers to deepen their individual understanding of the complexities of HIV/AIDS and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to improve HIV/AIDS program design and implementation in their communities. Two CD-Roms accompany the facilitator¬タルs manual, containing PowerPoint presentations, posters, handouts and additional resources for use both during the course and for supplemental research. Also included are audio interviews with a group of HIV-positive students from South Africa who share their stories, allowing course participants to personalize the HIV/AIDS issue.

    In March of 2006, the ADBI Institute reviewed the course material and rated it a 4.5 out of 5. Read their full review here.
    Online access to the full content and resources of the CD-based training-material here. Available for download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Swahili.
  • Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings
    Source: Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises, 2010
    The 2010 Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings is an update of the 1999 Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations: An Inter-agency Field Manual, the authoritative guidance on reproductive health interventions in humanitarian settings.
    The document is available chapter-by-chapter and as a single zip file by following the link above, as well as Arabic, Bahasa, Dari, French and Spanish translations, corrections, details of regional launches and hard copy ordering.
  • Minimum Initial Service Package Advocacy Sheet
    Source: IPPF/Women's Refugee Commission, December 2009
    This document summarizes the importance of implementing the MISP at the onset of every emergency, as advocacy messages for policy makers.
  • Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations: A Distance Learning Module
    Source: Women's Refugee Commission, July 2011
    A self-instructional learning module that helps to increase knowledge of priority reproductive health services to initiate at the onset of a crisis. Module includes chapter quizzes and post-test. A passing score on the post-test will result in certification.

    The previous version of the module dates back to 2006 and is also available in French, and available here for download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Bahasa, and Russian.

    A Burmese version is available here.

    Also available are fact sheets and inserts (English, French, Spanish and Arabic).

    A "cheat sheet" is also available in English ((IPPF/Women's Refugee Commission, December 2009)), Arabic (WRC, March 2012),French (UNFPA, March 2010), Spanish, and Bahasa.

  • Protecting the Future
    Source: International Rescue Committee, 2003

    The International Rescue Committee's field manual "Protecting the Future" is a unique addition to the disciplines of both humanitarian assistance and HIV control. It is the first publication that has been designed specifically for health workers who are developing comprehensive programs for HIV among displaced and war-affected populations.

    It outlines a practical, step-wise process for the design and implementation of HIV programs. In an easy-to-read style, it begins by outlining how health workers can increase their own team's understanding about HIV and overcome their misconceptions. It describes the various strategies and methods for engaging the community on HIV and conducting a situational analysis.

    The final two sections outline a comprehensive approach to the management of HIV, with an emphasis on linking prevention to care and support. The manual also presents a number of tools, technical guidelines, references and resources that make it useful not only for humanitarian workers, but for any health professional working on HIV programs in resource-poor settings.

    In addition to downloading the book via the link above, you may also order the printed book from the publisher, kpbooks.
  • Refugees and AIDS: What should the humanitarian community do?
    Source: Women's Refugee Commission, January 2002
    This resource was produced by the Women's Refugee Commission to provide user-friendly guidance and mobilize humanitarian actors working in refugee settings to address HIV/AIDS. The document aims to stimulate policy makers, managers and implementers to strengthen their response to HIV/AIDS.
  • Reproductive Health Services for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Report of an Inter-agency Global Evaluation
    Source: Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations, November 2004
    Report of an Inter-agency Global Evaluation 2004, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, November 2004. This report highlights the status of reproductive health services for refugees and internally displaced persons, identifies gaps in these services, and outlines the way forward with respect to strengthening and/or expanding services. In addition to the report and its appendices, there is a brief synopsis, web film, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • RHRC 2003 Conference Proceedings: From Disaster to Development
    Source: RHRC Consortium, October 2003
    This page features a summary of the proceedings, a book of abstracts, and select presentations from the RHRC Consortium Conference held in Brussels, Belgium, October 7-8, 2003.
  • RHRC Consortium 2000 Conference Proceedings: Reproductive Health of Refugees and Displaced Populations
    Source: RHRC Consortium, December 2000
    This page features the proceedings of the RHRC Conference 'Findings On Reproductive Health Of Refugees And Displaced Populations', held in Washington DC, December 5-6, 2000.