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From: Ann Jordan (Annj@HRLAWGROUP.ORG)
Date: Wed Dec 22 1999 - 13:54:23 EST


IOM and UNAIDS sign a cooperation framework to promote greater awareness on
HIV/AIDS related to migration
20 September 1999
No. 834
GENEVA-The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Joint
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today will sign a cooperation
framework to increase international recognition on the issue of HIV/AIDS and
migrant and mobile populations. The new agreement will help ensure that the
needs of migrants and mobile populations are fully integrated into national
and regional AIDS strategies and that vulnerable migrants have access to
adequate medical care.
Over 33 million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with HIV, the
virus that causes AIDS. Concurrently, each year, about 100 million persons
move voluntarily within or between nations, while almost 40 million are
either internally displaced or refugees outside their own countries. As a
rule, the health and welfare of migrant and mobile populations tends to be
overlooked in country programmes, and migrants often suffer from stigma and
discrimination.
To respond effectively to the challenges of world migration and the spread
of HIV, the International Organization for Migration and UNAIDS have decided
to collaborate closely with other key partners to promote initiatives
designed to reduce the risk to and vulnerability of migrant and mobile
populations.
Key areas of cooperation have been identified, both at headquarters and
field level. Speaking at the signing ceremony, IOM's Director General
Brunson McKinley said his organization could help in the fight against the
epidemic.
"Population movements and the spread of communicable disease are
inextricably linked. We, at IOM, have accumulated a wealth of expertise in
migration health issues. This expertise will help promote awareness on
HIV/AIDS related to migrant and mobile populations. From now on, IOM will
integrate HIV/AIDS related issues in its activities, from migrants human
rights to our information campaigns."
Dr Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, welcomed this new partnership
and said "Migrants tend to be more vulnerable than local populations to the
risk of HIV infection because of their living and working conditions -
poverty, powerlessness, precarious family situations, and inadequate access
to health services. In order to develop effective intervention policies and
strategies, collaboration at the international, regional and local levels is
crucial."
IOM and UNAIDS have collaborated in the past. In 1998, both organizations
undertook a joint project to review the current state of knowledge about
migration and HIV/AIDS, and to identify priority areas and issues for future
research and intervention. A special issue on Migration and AIDS was
published by International Migration (Blackwell Publishers Limited)
For further information, please contact.
Lisa Jacobs, UNAIDS, Geneva, (+41 22) 791 3387
Jean-Philippe Chauzy, IOM, Geneva, (+41


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