Continuation of 5.7

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5.7.6. Prevention, protection and control

Some basic steps to reduce exposure of the population include:

a. Awareness, information and education

  • Assign staff to work directly with the community in raising awareness and community support.
  • Raising public awareness regarding the fact that during emergency situations the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections increases and how to prevent them.
  • Disseminate culturally appropriate messages on the prevention and treatment of HIV, prevention of domestic violence and the services available, making them available to the population during all phases of the emergency.
  • Have educational materials on reproductive health readily available and use them for health promotion.

b. Safety and security measures

  • Protective measures against human rights violations related to HIV.
  • Protect people from gender violence, particularly orphans, children and young people who are alone or separated from their parents, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Promote prevention of sexual assaults, particularly against women, children, the elderly and disabled, both at home and in public spaces, roads and temporary housing sites.
  • Availability and distribution of latex condoms and water soluble lubricants, both in medical units and in temporary shelters.