Rapid Assessment and Response on HIV/AIDS
among Especially Vulnerable Young People in Serbia
The Rapid Assessment and Response on HIV/AIDS among Especially Vulnerable Young People Project (RAR) in Serbia is a part of a regional UNICEF project simultaneously implemented in five countries of South Eastern Europe.
The objectives of the RAR for Serbia were derived from the main RAR objectives, which are the following:
• to assess the extent and nature of HIV risk by exploring the context and characteristics of risk behavior, health and social consequences as well as present state of intervention targeting especially vulnerable young people (EVYP);
• to increase awareness and support of local communities towards EVYP and to provide initial intervention activities; and,
• to propose the general, as well as the specific, local framework for HIV/AIDS preventive action according to the key findings of the RAR.
The RAR assessment activities were conducted in four cities:
• Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad and Kragujevac
Cities were selected according to the following criteria:
• the largest cities;
• the presence of good infrastructure;
• available sources for data collection;
• the number of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA);
• the presence of a University;
• a highly mobile population; and,
• the existence of a trafficking route for drugs.