Advocates ACVPN

vulnerable persons


A vulnerable person is a one that is at risk of harm or abuse due to physical or mental health problems, financial challenges or lack of capability and confidence when dealing with finances. Such persons include: Minors, unaccompanied minors, disabled people, elderly people, pregnant women, fetuses, single parents with minor children, victims of trafficking in human beings, persons with serious illnesses, persons with mental disorders and persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence, such as victims of female genital mutilation, as well as and economically and educationally disadvantaged persons.


Is the term used for the groups of people which includes children, pregnant women, elderly people, malnourished people, prisoners, migrants and refugees, those people who uses drugs, and people who are ill etc.

It is used to qualify the group of people who, due to factors usually considered outside their control, do not have the same opportunities as other groups in society.


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The group classified as the elderly differs based on the part of the world. The World Health Organisation postulates that most developed world countries characterise  the elderly starting from age 60 years and above. When it comes to most under-developed countries like Africa, where the more traditional the elderly person starts between 50 to 65 years of age.


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Pregnancy is a beautiful thing however it is a period of transition with important physical and psychological changes. In every pregnancy the quality if life of the woman is affected and the degree varies from one to another persons. This phase in a woman’s life is very delicate and leaves them vulnerable to several health challenges.


Malnutrition is a very serious condition.  This happens when one’s diet does not contain the right amount of nutrients.

Malnutrition also occurs when the body does not get enough food or the right amount of balanced nutrient, this can lead to delayed  growth, low weight, or wasting.

Lack of sufficient food or balanced nutrient or exposure for any reason to any condition that stops the body from obtaining the right balance of nutrients can have a severe impact on the health and can also in some cases become life threatening.


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