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HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises

UNAIDS Displaced Person IllustrationA humanitarian crisis is defined as an event or series of events that seriously threaten the health, safety, and well-being of a community or large group of people. Examples of such events include natural disasters or environmental events, wars, economic and political crises, other displacements or forced migrations. Humanitarian crises have affected historic numbers of people worldwide in recent years, and are threatening the global progress on HIV/AIDS (image source: UNAIDS Gap Report 2014).

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) launched a new initiative in fall 2020 to convene a series of symposia and research activities focused on "HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises". Supported by CIRA and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund from the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, the overarching goals of the program are to:

  1. Identify research questions related to the well-being of people with HIV or at risk for HIV and affected by humanitarian crises
  2. Create a network of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders to work together on research and other relevant activities.

Team members:

  •     Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH (faculty co-lead)
  •     Luke Davis, MD, MAS (faculty co-lead)
  •     Dini Harsono, MSc (program director)
  •     Hanna Peterson (MPH '22, graduate research assistant)
  •     Swarali Atre (MPH '23, graduate research assistant)
  •     Winnie Ho (MPH '23, graduate research assistant)
  •     Dina Garmroudi (undergraduate research assistant)
  •     Jax Jin (undergraduate research assistant).

For questions about this program or to join the program's mailing list, contact Dini Harsono (dini.harsono@yale.edu). Visit the HIV, Mobility, and Displacement webpage for related work and initiatives.

2020 World AIDS Day Symposium: "Addressing HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises: Perspectives from Lebanon"

December 7, 2020

CIRA@Yale Symposium "Addressing HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, and Substance Use in Humanitarian Settings"
April 4, 2022

CIRA@Yale Panel: “Ethics of HIV/AIDS-related Research and Practice in Humanitarian Settings”
April 18, 2022

CIRA@Yale Workshop: “Ethical Considerations for HIV/AIDS Research in Humanitarian Settings“
May 19, 2022

Other Initiatives

  • A scoping review of evidence on HIV risk and vulnerabilities in the context of humanitarian crises.
  • HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises newsletter that highlights pertinent research news, events, publications, resources, and opportunities.
  • A Zotero electronic library that serves as a working repository available to the public with links to event slides, recordings, references, and other resources that support the conduct of HIV-related research and practice in humanitarian settings.
  • A review of ethical considerations in conducting HIV-related research in humanitarian settings.
  • Discussion of emerging issues and funding opportunities to support interdisciplinary research addressing HIV and associated comorbidities in humanitarian settings.