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IOM expands HIV/AIDS services among S. Sudan’s displaced

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November 9, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 171,000 civilians and their host communities have benefitted from the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency (IOM).

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IDPs shelter near the UNMISS base in Wau (IOM/Gonzalez 2016)

“The expansion of services is a crucial development in South Sudan, where internally displaced persons, such as those living in the PoC [Protection of Civilian] sites, are among key populations that are considered to be at higher-risk of contracting HIV/AIDS,” said Salma Taher, IOM’s Global Fund Project Officer.

Last year, according to the UN migration agency, along with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS was one of the leading causes of mortality in the PoC sites, where people are often unable to access to health facilities outside the sites due to safety or weak infrastructure.

However, it stressed, since the roll out began at protection sites in Bentiu, Malakal and Wau, in July, IOM said it had tested 213 people, with 16 testing positive and enrolling in antiretroviral treatment.

With timely diagnosis and antiretroviral treatment, the life expectancy of HIV-positive patients has been proven to improve substantially, for about an additional 10 years, a recent study shows.

“The new comprehensive services are made possible for the broader public visiting the sites, rather than previously just services for pregnant mothers,” the agency further said in a statement.

It further added, “Moreover, HIV/AIDS awareness-raising campaigns are carried out, and hundreds of peer counselors are being trained across the country”.

Mental health and psychosocial support are also provided to people living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by gender-based violence.

This expansion of health services, officials said, was a joint effort by the IOM, the UN Development Fund, and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculous and Malaria.

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  • 11 November 2017 00:20, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Almighty God,do not let the HIV/AIDS kill them again enough is enough as they have been the victims of war and crime against humanity, leave this innocent civilians a lone for they have suffered around the world 🌍 in the ? hand of burgorise. They even have nothing to eat leave a lone other contagious diseases to take their dearly lives, you can check with them they burgorise and deals with themac

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  • 11 November 2017 00:23, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Ohooo Lords mighty you can check with them they burgorise and deals with them accordingly, I pray, Amen
    Lord hear our prayers.

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