- UNDP - South East Asia HIV and Development Programme
- From Early Warning to Development Sector Responses against HIV/AIDS Epidemics
- A Summary of Two Early Warning Rapid Response System workshops 13th - 14th June 2002, Bangkok, Thailand and 16th October 2002, Kunming, China
- Compiled by Philip Guest, Jacques du Guerny & Lee-Nah Hsu
- UNDP, Bangkok, May 2003, 32 pp
Reproduced with the UNDP's kind permission.
"Stategies designed to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS have been developed under a health paradigm focusing on prevention efforts to reduce the risk of infection (blood products, clean needles and safer sex), care and mitigation of the effects of infection on the infected person, family and community. HIV prevention efforts in South East Asia have predominantly been reactive rather than preventive in that programming responses are based on the prevalence of already infected cases. This approach relies on the proximate determinant of sero-conversion in particular groups and in geographic locations. The Early Warning Rapid Response System examines the development paradigm, focusing on the factors which influence background vulnerabilities conducive to increasing or reducing HIV vulnerabilities. This emerging paradigm does not replace the health approach but complements it. . . . The EWRRS offers a vehicle for rapid assimilation of relevant data among stakeholders through easily understable graphic presentation of HIV vulnerability factors in a region undergoing rapid development. This publication is based upon two EWRRS workshops. . . and provides a mechanism through which ulnerability can be addressed in specific locations and among specific groups."