NGO Delegate for Europe, Rhon Reynolds, focuses on the obstacles to HIV care migrants face.
Migrants face many obstacles in accessing essential health care services due to a number of factors; these include but are not limited to irregular migration status, language barriers, a lack of migrant inclusive policies (including immigration and health policies) in the country where they reside, lack targeted and cost-accessible services, deportation laws and policies, anti-migrant sentiment and discrimination. Such disparities in access have negative consequences on UNIVERSAL ACCESS to HIV prevention, treatment and care as well as overal health and quality of life implication for migrants and their communities. This policies and vast disparity therein undermine the realisation of global health goals such as HIV prevention.
As such I want to remind this program coordinating board that we have looked at migrants and mobile populations when we held a thematic session entitled “people on the move” highlighting the impact of the process and or experience of migration/mobility on people living with and affected by HIV where legal environments were highlighted. In that thematic session we heard about the experience of discrimination, deportation, detention and destitution even death and want to highlight in this thematic session and the commission on HIV and the law that this population group has to be an important part of the HIV response.
I want to highlight the experiences of several women who part took in a campaign we called destination unknown, these women feared separation from family, fear loosing their treatment “lifeline”, fear of being taken in the midle of the night and much more.
Finally, Riz you asked about the role of the media. In the UK the first cases of hiv criminalization or public ones were black migrant African men the headlines such as HIV assassin and HIV predator served to marginalise and stigmatise these populations even more. The NAT developed a guidance document for the national union of journalist and we need tools to highlight best or good practice that could be replicated for different country context.