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National HIV/AIDS Support Project (NHASP)
Situational Analysis for Strategic Planning at District Level: New Ireland Province
Social Mapping Project
November 2004, 52 pp

"The goal of this project was to collect and consolidate data in order to create a social map of New Ireland Province. This information was derived from various sources, including District Plans, National Census, Department of Health and data collected by the social mapping teams through interviews with people in rural communities. This data helps construct a map of living conditions, people’s understanding of HIV/AIDS and aspects influencing the development of the disease. The data should also provide information on factors stopping people from taking HIV/AIDS prevention measures, risk behaviour other than sex work and work migration, and the impact of the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

The focus for this social mapping was New Ireland Province. Social maps have already been made of other provinces. By constructing similar social maps of the remaining provinces in PNG we will have a number of ‘portraits’ showing the situation in each district and, when taken together, the whole nation.

Information and data collected through the social mapping will assist NAC, Government Departments and other agents in their future planning of HIV/AIDS preventive strategies. It should be pointed out that the social mapping teams focused mainly on rural villages on the mainland of New Ireland and islands situated on the north and south coast of the mainland."

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