An integrated approach to address mobile people’s vulnerability to HIV and migration: EMPHASIS experiences in a nutshell

This briefing presents the key messages and experiences from the 5-year EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support) project in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

The EMPHASIS project was designed specifically to address vulnerability to HIV among migrants moving from Bangladesh and Nepal to India, with a special focus on women. Key messages from the briefing demonstrate that:

  • A comprehensive and context-specific approach is required to tackle migrants’ vulnerabilities including addressing issues related to safety and dignity, rights and entitlements, as well as HIV and broader health-related challenges.
  • To maximise impact, projects targeting migrants should plan interventions at source, transit and destination with both migrants and their spouses.
  • Migration projects should include components that focus on women migrants’ specific vulnerabilities, such as harassment, violence, stigma and discrimination, as well as their vulnerability to HIV and other health problems.

Authors: Mirza Manbira Sultana, Fiona Samuels and Prabodh Devkota

  • Countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal
  • Co-authors: ODI, Big Lottery Fund
  • Published: July 2014

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