Evaluation of the UNAIDS Joint Programme on HIV and Social Protection

Social protection is defined as the system of policies and programmes designed to reduce and prevent poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion across the life cycle. Social protection encompasses social assistance interventions, including cash and in-kind transfers, public works and fee waivers; social insurance, including contributory pensions and other social insurance; and labour market interventions, including training, wage subsidies and unemployment benefits. HIV-sensitive social protection measures help mitigate the social and economic impacts of HIV on households and individuals, and increase access to prevention, treatment, care and support for people affected by or vulnerable to HIV. There is now strong evidence that social protection measures can reduce vulnerability to HIV infection, improve and extend the lives of people living with HIV, and support individuals and families