The world is hit hard by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). People living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria and key populations are severely affected by the current measures taken by national governments to address the spread of the disease. Stigma, discrimination, violence, legal and policy barriers, proof of identity issues among others will further aggravate the plight of the already vulnerable and marginalized communities and severely affect their access to essential goods and services.
Nationwide lockdowns and the curfews in countries will impede our communities accessing life-saving medicine and health services. With the health workforce burdened by the COVID-19 responses, our communities will face further challenges in receiving information about their existing health conditions and COVID-19.
Despite all hardships, our communities have yet again come together in solidarity to respond to COVID-19. Local organizations led by and serving people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria and key populations have commenced their emergency responses for COVID-19 to ensure that the communities they serve have uninterrupted access to life-saving medicine and other essential requirements.
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