Complexity Digest 2007.44 - 14.02
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The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the Context of Socioeconomic Stressors: an Evidence-Driven Approach, JASSS
Abstract: In this paper, we present an agent-based simulation model of the social impacts of HIV/AIDS in villages in the Sekhukhune district of the Limpopo province in South Africa. AIDS is a major concern in South Africa, not just in terms of disease spread but also in term of its impact on society and economic development. The impact of the disease cannot however be considered in isolation from other stresses, such as food insecurity, high climate variability, market fluctuations and variations in support from government and non-government sources. The model described in this paper focuses on decisions made at the individual and household level, based upon evidence from detailed case studies, and the different types of networks between these players that influence their decision making. Key to the model is that these networks are dynamic and co-evolving, something that has rarely been considered in social network analysis. The results presented here demonstrate how this type of simulation can aid better understanding of this complex interplay of issues. In turn, we hope that this will prove to be a powerful tool for policy development.
- Source: The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the Context of Socioeconomic Stressors: an Evidence-Driven Approach
[ http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/10/4/7.html ], Shah Jamal Alam, Ruth Meyer, Gina Ziervogel and Scott Moss, JASSS 10(4), 2007/10/31