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Spring 2006

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Viet Nam: Ecology and Sustainability in the Mekong Delta


HIV has spread worldwide. This virus, resulting in as-of-yet incurable destruction of the human immune system, has caused the death of millions in the last two decades through opportunistic infections manifest as AIDS. Though development of prevention and treatment measures have greatly improved in recent years, because of lack of resources, incidence of infection continues to increase annually in nearly all parts of the world including southeast Asia. This paper looks at how the disease has affected people’s lives in Can Tho City and An Giang Province in Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta. This paper offers an epidemiological and biological argument for studying HIV and AIDS. It evaluates the players working to test for, treat, prevent, and provide counseling on this disease. It measures the flow of resources and dissemenation of information from international, national, provincial and local levels in remediation of the effects of AIDS.

This paper presents these findings through the lens of human ecology. Human interactions with environment and resources in response to a nacent epidemic is complex and multifaceted. An ecological perspective of such an issue sheds light on solutions presented in community-based care.



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