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By around 1998 in community health centres in Toronto, service providers found an increasing number  of Immigrants and refugees, including those without formal legal status in Canada living with HIV /AIDS  (IRN-PHAS) were facing treatment access barriers and presenting late for care. These barriers, all of which continue to exist 16 years later include, but are not limited to: Lack of access to medications without documentation of legal residency Fear of deportation Complexity of system & difficulty to understand and negotiate access Multiple dimensions of systemic discrimination which compounds vulnerabilities Marginalized status, stigma and fear preventing access to information & services & self-advocacy Lack of culturally competent and appropriate legal, … Read more 


 


 

This statement is made on behalf of a loose coalition of NGO Observers including the Stop AIDS Alliance, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundations and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance – Addressed by Ruth Foley We acknowledge UNAIDS’ role thus far in positioning HIV within the post-2015 framework, including the work of this PCB’s working group, and we echo the call from India this morning that HIV have its own goal in the post-2015 agenda. And we look forward to working alongside the members of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to produce strong outcomes that provide new momentum and insights to realizing the dream of an … Read more