The measure of devastation wrought by HIV/Aids may be impossible to quantify in human and financial terms but, using tools such as the Household Vulnerability Index, it is possible to begin measuring the effects of the epidemic on households and communities.
Developed by Food, Agriculture and Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the computerised tool is a statistical method measuring a household's vulnerability to the ravages of HIV/Aids, especially on agriculture and food security. The index investigates ways in which a family may be affected.
The research was made possible by a grant from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union. The working project title was "Developing a Household Vulnerability Index for quantifying the impact of HIV and Aids on agriculture and food security, as a means of improving targeted impact responses". The Southern Africa Trust also provided some assistance to FANRPAN in developing the index.