Strategic Considerations for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Key Population-Focused HIV Programs
As COVID-19 disrupts health systems and impacts human health globally, it is crucial to protect those most affected by COVID-19, sustain gains made to address other infectious diseases, and maintain people’s access to life-saving health services. One of the most prominent priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic is sustaining the gains toward HIV epidemic control and ensuring continuity of treatment and support for viral suppression among people living with HIV (PLHIV), including members of key populations (KPs).
This strategy is intended to support KP-focused HIV programs in mitigating the impact of COVID-19. Developed for KP-focused HIV programs implemented or supported by FHI 360 in the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa, it may be used and adapted more broadly. Mitigation strategies refer to efforts to reduce exposure to and impact of COVID-19 on HIV program beneficiaries and staff and safely maintain HIV services within KP-focused HIV programs. Not included here are strategies for responding to COVID-19 directly. This is a living document that will be updated frequently to reflect the rapidly changing context of COVID-19 and its impact on KP members, staff, and programs. The considerations and approaches listed as part of this strategy aim to support the following objectives:
1. The individual health of program beneficiaries and staff
2. The health of communities where programs operate
3. Health system capacity to respond to COVID-19