HIV/AIDS and Mobility

30 Jun 2008

The SAARC-UNDP-ILO regional workshop, Leadership and Development Challenges in Addressing HIV/AIDS and Mobility held in Kathmandu (23-25 June) agreed upon that migration per se is not a risk factor for HIV, rather it is the conditions under which people move that often makes them more vulnerable to HIV. Therefore, there is a need to integrate HIV/AIDS into policies and programmes for migrant workers and their families.

This workshop was initiated in the active leadership of Mr Hassan Shifau, the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Director for Social Affairs. A first of its kind, there were participants from 8 countries including officials from the relevant Ministries, stakeholders from Government, civil society, trade unions and the UN. 

The workshop concluded that responding to the issues of HIV and mobility is a complex process requiring both regional and national cooperation and action across different sectors such as health and labour.

It was suggested that a joint HIV and Mobility Initiative be set up to meet anually, to review the progress, identify the gaps and make recommendations for further action.The Initiative would be organised by the SAARC Secretariat consisting of the SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre, UNDP and ILO along with the Government, civil society, trade unions, employers, other UN organisations and relevant stakeholders.