Using Intervention Research to Facilitate Community-Based Coping with HIV&AIDS

In: From microscope to kaleidoscope

Communities currently face the challenge of coping with HIV&AIDS at a grassroots level. In this chapter, which derives from my doctoral thesis, I explain how activist intervention research might facilitate community-based coping with the pandemic. After describing a funded research project exploring the potential outcome of activist intervention research, I discuss the potential positive outcomes of such an approach in facilitating community-based coping. I then introduce asset-based coping as one possible way of coping with HIV&AIDS, based on my discussion of how a selected informal settlement community was found to cope with the challenges of the pandemic by relying on existing assets and local resources.