Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health (REG) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is pleased to announce a call of expression of interest for a consultant to develop a methodology to estimate and interpret the Size of Populations Most at Risk to HIV among international migrants
Rationale: Migrants and refugees may be given a migration status that limits their entitlement and access to health care. However, international law guarantees universal access in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular with Sustainable Development Goal 3. One area of particular concern is the growing vulnerability of migrants to HIV and their lack of access to HIV care prevention, testing and treatment information Key population groups are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and other negative factors that affect their physical and psychological well-being and limit their capacity to seek HIV care, they often remain invisible to care providers and health authorities of the receiving countries They often live in conditions of legal uncertainty that deprives them of the opportunity to claim their right to health. The Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health recoded a growing request among service providers and public health experts to estimate the number of international migrants and refugees living with HIV in receiving countries. This will allow to plan interventions and budget for additional programs.
The project aims to adapt the methodology of estimating and interpreting the size of populations most at risk to HIV among international migrants to create a tool that can be used by civil society-based researchers and experts in the EECA countries.
Objectives of the project
• Discuss other relevant research methods (qualitative and quantitative) that aim to understand the health needs and the social determinants of health of migrants and refugees across the EECA region at the Summer School on Migration and Health of the Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health that is taking place in Yerevan on August 21-22, 2023.
• Adapt methodology of estimating and interpreting the Size of Populations Most at Risk to HIV among international migrants and develop a tool for estimation for civil society-based researchers and experts and present it as a concise document for civil society and government-based public health practitioners.
• Validate the document with relevant experts from regional and international organizations and incorporate corrections following the received feedback.
Timeframe: 21.08 – 30.09.
Working languages: The document must be developed in English. Also, working with regional experts requires fluent Russian.
Overall, the methodology involves a combination of data collection, analysis, and stakeholder engagement to better understand the health situation of incoming migrants and refugees in EECA countries to develop evidence-based programs to improve migrants access to the HIV care continuum.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Zinaida Abrosimova via firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20, 2023