Social Protection

Social protection is increasingly being accepted as a core poverty reduction strategy to reach the most vulnerable communities by helping them better cope with external shocks that affect their livelihood security. Social protection interventions include: cash transfers; social insurance; as well as actions to reduce barriers to accessing services and legislation to reduce exclusion.  It can contribute to the prevention of further new HIV infections by reducing potential risky coping strategies such as sex for favours or migration and it ensures those affected by the HIV epidemic such as PLHIV who are sick, some orphans or other vulnerable children and the elderly are included in schemes such as cash transfers to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on their livelihoods.