Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS ensures that:
- The specific needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS are considered in WASH response plans.
- The risk of HIV transmission in affected communities is reduced through sensitively planned WASH activities.
WASH staff should:
- Consider the special needs (e.g. access, proximity, increased water consumption) of PLWHA in WASH activities.
- Do no harm: e.g. avoid stigmatising people by labelling them as HIV positive.
- Be briefed by HR or Management on the personal risks they face from HIV and the wider HIV & AIDS profile in the country and amongst the affected population.
- Work with HR staff to ensure all Oxfam staff, partners and contractors are informed about HIV and the Oxfam Workplace Policy on HIV & AIDS.
- Consider issues of gender and protection in conjunction with HIV & AIDS.