Effective social protection is vital to reducing the disadvantages and inequalities that make people vulnerable to HIV infection, enabling PLHIV to live healthily and profit from treatment, and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on households. The Community of Practice (CoP) on HIV and Livelihoods, a collaborative initiative among 9 Ethiopian non-government organisations (NGOs) commissioned this study to understand the extent to which clients of its programs are able to access and benefit from Ethiopia’s social protection programs.
The study compares the experience of four groups:
- People living with HIV (PLHIV)
- Members of key groups (MKG) i.e. people at high risk of HIV, such as housemaids and sex workers, and people affected by AIDS, such as OVC and widow-headed households
- People with disabilities (PWD)
- People not living with HIV or major disabilities (PNHD).