HIV / AIDS, social work challenges

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This decade of action is based on the “leave no one behind” principle. To do this, social protection that takes HIV into account for the benefit of people living with and affected by HIV / AIDS, however, deserves special attention.

In fact, despite the many actions undertaken in the name of sustainable development, we can see that there is still work to be done, mainly in the fight against the global HIV / AIDS pandemic. To do this, medical treatment and social intervention must go hand in hand.

Social support and HIV / AIDS

First of all, being aware of the repercussions of our actions and the risks they involve, formulating a vision of what we want for the future of our planetary society and making the choices that lead to the desired goal are the three elements that one can understand the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In reality, biomedical interventions, although very advanced, are not enough to contain the HIV / AIDS pandemic in the world.

We started by acting, but medical care cannot be conceived without taking into account the psychological and social well-being of the person: hence the social support offered and implemented by social workers at the hospital. location of people living with and affected by HIV / AIDS.

In fact, social workers naturally find their place in the fight against HIV / AIDS. Indeed according to UNAIDS , “The response to AIDS promotes the right to health, gender equality, fundamental rights, employment and social protection”.

Social protection taking into account HIV / AIDS

Social protection is a key element in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and even more important in the fight against the HIV / AIDS pandemic in particular and Sexually Transmitted Infections in general.

The three-fold correlation between social protection, the SDGs and HIV / AIDS, when properly understood, will help to correctly measure the drivers of the spread of HIV at the global population level in order to eliminate them.

Goal 3 of sustainable development aims to enable everyone to live in good health and promote the well-being of all at all ages. This means working to ensure a world where all children are born HIV-free, to healthy parents and where every human being living with HIV receives the treatment, protection and medico-social support that will enable them to survive. survive, grow and age healthy.

In addition, we must ensure that we build a world where everyone, whatever their identity or their choices, has access to adapted Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) prevention services, voluntary screening and affordable treatment as well as ” quality medico-social support services, particularly psychosocial, medical and financial.

It is therefore important to remember that it is still a challenge to get to the point where all people, living with HIV / AIDS or not, are able to enjoy life to the fullest, from birth to old age. through adulthood, without any discrimination, in dignity and equality.

Social protection taking HIV into account is a privileged approach that will allow vulnerable populations, especially key populations, to benefit from an optimal service approach. This privileged approach helps to avoid stigmatization within society.

Using a social protection-based framework is therefore essential to deliver on the health improvement promise of the third SDG goal.

By Diana Djohoungla



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