Migration patterns survey and HIV vulnerability assessment mapping in selected districts of Timor-Leste

Public health Infectious diseases Sexually transmitted diseases HIV infections Immigration Timor-Leste

The overall aim of this study was to provide baseline data on mobility patterns, HIV/AIDS awareness and vulnerability in Timor-Leste and comprised of two parts - the Migration Patterns Survey and Vulnerability Assessment Mapping. The objectives of the Migration Patterns Survey were to: estimate the proportion of the local population that travels elsewhere as migrants; measure the relative age, gender, socio-economic status and education level; get a reliable estimate of where the population is migrating to and from; identify push and pull factors for mobility and to measure basic HIV related behaviour and knowledge among migrants. The objectives of the Vulnerability Assessment Mapping were to: identify locations of support (VCT, health promotion and education etc) and HIV-risk behaviour; identify factors that increase personal and societal HIV vulnerability and to map mobility patterns. This research was carried out from September to December 2005 in the six districts of Dili, Baucau, Liquica, Bobonaro, Cova Lima and Oecussi.

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