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Title:The impact of climate change on vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia
Authors:Banteyerga, Hailom
Timpo, Emilia
Periodical:Ethiopian Journal of Development Research (ISSN 0378-0813)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:climate change
displaced persons
Abstract:This study is based on primary data collected from four studies connected to climate change and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and interviews with informants working on programmes dealing with the consequences of climate change in Ethiopia. The studies were conducted from 2004 to 2009. The findings show that climate change is one of the major causes for displacement, mobility, migration and, as a consequence, vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia is one of the countries frequently exposed to drought and shortage of food. Its efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS are very much undermined by climate change. Climate change causes displacement and camp life as well as resettlement of people to ensure food security. Harmful gender related practices are also making the prevention of HIV/AIDS difficult. The study is one of the multicountry studies on climate change and vulnerabiltiy to HIV/AIDS funded by UNAIDS, New York. It aims at reminding Ethiopia and other countries vulnerable to climate change to include HIV/AIDS in their National Adaption and Program Action (NAPA). The study recommends that some of the good practices learnt from the Dire Dawa management of the flood victims of 2006 and key activities in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support and treatment services should be included in NAPA. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]