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October 2003

HIV/AIDS susceptibility and vulnerability pathway: a tool for identifying indicators, role models and innovations

The vulnerability of individuals, households, communities and institutions vary with the stages of HIV/AIDS, from the risk of infection and the subsequent impacts of HIV/AIDS, to the vulnerabilities of survivors following the aftermath of an AIDS-related death. The HIV/AIDS susceptibility and vulnerability pathway provides a practical tool for identifying indicators which reflect vulnerability at different stages of the HIV/AIDS cycle. It also provides a framework for identifying role models and innovators who are more resistant and resilient to the disease and its effects. The tool may also be used as a basis for group discussions to help them understand the factors which drive their susceptibility and vulnerability, and identify opportunities which may increase their resistance and resilience.

The vulnerability pathway emphasises the time dimension of the epidemic, and its cumulative impacts on households and communities. It also ensures due attention is paid to upstream susceptibilities which influence entry to the pathway but often receive less attention than attempts to capture the downstream impacts of HIV/AIDS.

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