Contents: Acknowledgement. Executive summary. I. Background and objectives: 1. Introduction. 2. UNGASS commitments. 3. Purpose of the assessment. 4. International programming framework. 5. HIV affected and other vulnerable children. 6. Objectives of the assessment. 7. Assessment partners. 8. Timetable for the assessment. 9. Structure of this report. II. Methodology of the assessment: 1. Key assessment questions and issues. 2. Children affected by HIV. 3. Summary of assessment approaches sources of data. 4. Sources of data. 5. Focus group research. 6. Social, legal and policy research on widows and orphans. 7. Literature review. 8. Limitations of the assessment. III. The HIV epidemic in Bangladesh: 1. The hidden AIDS epidemic in Bangladesh. 2. Factors fuelling growth. 3. Linkage of high risk behaviors. 4. Low epidemic knowledge. 5. Global epidemic trends in Bangladesh. 6. Social and economic impact. 7. Absorption of resources. 8. Conclusion. IV. The impact of HIV/AIDS and women and children: 1. Introduction. 2. HIV/AIDS infected and affected children in Bangladesh. 3. Children at high risk of HIV infection. 4. Children at moderate risk of infection. 5. Children at low risk of infection. 6. Conclusions. V. The family, social and cultural context of vulnerability and support: 1. Introduction. 2. Summary of findings on relative risk. 3. Vulnerable children. 4. Migration and trafficking of children. 5. Vulnerable women. 6. People living with HIV/AIDS. 7. Support services. 8. Communities are unprepared. VI. Recommendations: 1. Introduction. 2. Building a protective environment for children. 3. Recommendations from the assessment. Appendices: 1. Assessment methodology. 2. Results of discussion groups. 3. Selected bibliography. 4. Human rights, women, children and AIDS.
"The assessment is the result of a collaborative effort of many organizations, agencies and individuals working to improve the situation of children and women affected by HIV and are vulnerable to HIV infection in Bangladesh. The successful completion of the assessment was possible with support from the staff of the NGOs other organizations/agencies that facilitated the work of researchers. They participated directly or indirectly in the preparation, implementation of the study and finalization of the report. People living with HIV generously shared their experience with the researchers which added pragmatic value to this assessment."