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Promoting sexual and reproductive health for persons with disabilities: WHO/UNFPA guidance note.
An estimated 10% of the world’s population live with a disability. Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs as other people. Yet they often face barriers to information and services. This guidance note addresses issues of SRH programming for persons with disabilities. It is intended for SRH experts and advocates within UNFPA and WHO as well as those in other development organizations and partners. Those who address issues of family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, adolescence, and gender-based violence may find this information particularly helpful. SRH particularly deserves attention because these needs have been so widely and so deeply neglected. The approaches discussed here, however, apply broadly to all aspects of health programming for persons with disabilities. This note outlines a general approach to programming: it does not address specific protocols for the SRH care and treatment of persons with disabilities.


HIV/AIDS and people with disabilities

The World Bank: HIV/AIDS and disability,,contentMDK:20208464~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282699,00.html

Africa: Disabled People 'at Significantly Increased Risk' of HIV Infection

Disabled persons are more vulnerable to HIV (Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development)
“The Forgotten Tribe:” Persons with disabilities and HIV/AIDS


HIV/AIDS and Disability: Capturing Hidden Voices
Report of the World Bank/Yale University Global Survey on HIV/AIDS and Disability. Washington, 2004

The Africa Campaign on Disability and HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan
Babcock, A. (2007)

HIV/AIDS and individuals with disabilities
Health and Human Rights, 8(2)
Groce, N. E. (2005).p. 215-224

Guidelines for Inclusion of Individuals with Disability in HIV/AIDS Outreach Efforts.
Groce, N. E., Trasi, R., Yousafzai, A. K. (2006), Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA),Guidelines Paper - Distributed Version - May 1 2006.doc

Developing an AIDS prevention education program for persons with developmental disabilities. Mental Retardation, 27(4). P. 233-277
Jacobs, R., Samowitz, P., Levy, M. J., and Levy, P. H. (1989).


Resource Guide: AIDS and Disability
Articles, Reports, Publications

Too few to worry about? Or too many to ignore? The exclusion of people with disabilities from HIV programmes in India.
Moll, K. (2007). April 26.

HIV/AIDS and Disability: National Conference 2003
Narib, L. A. (2003).

Disability and HIV/AIDS; A participatory rapid assessment of the vulnerability, impact, and coping mechanisms of the disabled people on HIV/AIDS
Patrick, N. & Matonhodze, G. (2004)

Disability and HIV/AIDS at a Glance
World Bank (2004).

Double Burdern: A situation analysis of HIV/AIDS and young people with disabilities in Rwanda and Uganda
Yousafzi, A. & Edwards, K. (2004)

Global Survey on HIV/AIDS and Disability.
April. Connecticut : Yale University.Groce, N. E. (2004).