Making universal social protection a reality for people living with, at the risk of, and affected by HIV or TB


This webinar launched a new ILO report entitled ‘Making universal social protection a reality for people living with, at the risk of, and affected by HIV or Tuberculosis’.

Only half of the world’s population enjoy effective social protection coverage. Extending social protection coverage for all is a matter of urgency. However, coverage gaps can disproportionally affect people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV and TB, including vulnerable populations (e.g., young people, women and girls, people living with disabilities). These gaps especially affect key populations such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and prisoners and other incarcerated people. The COVID-19 crisis has placed these populations at further risk. Consequently, effective mechanisms are needed to ensure that social protection systems respond well to the needs of people living with these diseases and are inclusive of all vulnerable groups.

This report has attempted to address this challenge by providing examples of institutional practices that improve the inclusiveness of national social protection schemes for people living with HIV and/or TB and the responsiveness of such schemes to their needs. This good practice can potentially further guide the progressive modification of systems.

The webinar discussed the findings and recommendations outlined in the report. This provided an opportunity for experts and social partners working in this area to share their reflections on the report and the policy recommendations given.



Lou Tessier, Health Protection Specialist, Social Protection Department, ILO
Syed Mohammad Afsar, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO
David Chipanta, Senior Advisor, Social Protection, UNAIDS
Richard Obiga, Senior Program Officer. National Social Protection Secretariat of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Kenya
Daxa Patel, Activist, National Coalition of people living with HIV in India (NCPI+)
Ernesto Jaramillo, Medical Officer at the WHO Global TB Programme
Ana Catalina Ramirez Abarca, Technical Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health, ILO


Moderator: Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Officer, Equality & Non-discrimination, ILO Gender Equality and Diversity Branch, ILO