What is Social Protection?

HIV-sensitive social protection

"Social protection measures that help mitigate the significant social and economic impacts of HIV on households and individuals, and increase access to prevention, treatment, care, and support for people affected by and vulnerable to HIV. HIV-sensitive social protection covers people who are at risk of HIV infection or susceptible to the consequences of HIV. It comprises the following interventions:
  • Financial protection through transfer of cash, food, and other items for people affected by and
  • most vulnerable to HIV, including dependants of people deceased from HIV/AIDS;
  • Programmes supporting access to affordable and quality services, including treatment, health,
  • and education services, for example social health insurance and school fee exemption;
  • Policies, legislation, and regulations to meet the needs and uphold the rights of people at risk of
  • or affected by HIV". 

Source: International Labour Organization. 2016. "Social protection assessment-based national dialogue: A global guide". ILO. <https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---integration/documents/publication/wcms_568693.pdf>. Accessed 27 October 2020.