HIV prevalence in Hargeisa, Somaliland is approximately 1 per cent according to recent antenatal care surveillance published by the World Health Organization. However, data among key populations at higher risk of HIV is minimal, with only one serosurvey ever undertaken in Hargeisa, with vulnerable women in 2008. In collaboration with the Somaliland National AIDS Commission and the Join UN Team on AIDS, the International Organization for Migration undertook an integrated biological and behavioural surveillance (IBBS) survey among vulnerable women in Hargeisa. The study showed that HIV prevalence among vulnerable women has remained five times higher compared with pregnant women in the general population, indicating they are an important population in the epidemiology of HIV in Somaliland, as well as a priority population for prevention, care and treatment services.
- Conclusion and recommendations
2. Research objectives
4. Data management and analysis
5. Survey disruption