Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:439 (abstract no. 23487). Unique Identifier :
ISSUE: Empowerment of women with HIV/AIDS. PROJECT: Given the problems
encountered by women with HIV/AIDS, some form of programmes have been
introduced. Educational & income generating projects have been started.
These enable women to deal with all the dilemmas they come across as
being positive such as stigmatisation from either the family or the
community, stress caused by poverty due to financial constraints,
nursing sick HIV partners and children and also how to fit in a
community despite the political and economic hardships. A lot of
advocacy is needed to lobby the Government so that the political side
will also put women with HIV/AIDS into consideration. RESULTS: Since
these programmes were introduced about 90% of the women who tested
positive as from 1986, at least 60% of them have already formed groups.
They have embarked on projects like sewing, poultry, catering, etc.
Looking at the progress of these groups about 40% of them are making
profits. The impacts of these programmes on the entire community has
showed that women with HIV/AIDS can also achieve the best, is also
starting to be accepted. LESSON LEARNED: More programmes are still
needed especially those on Advocacy to raise the status of women in
society. Women are now making money from these projects resulting in
financial independence to enable them to lead healthier lives.
MEETING ABSTRACTS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/PREVENTION &
CONTROL/ *REHABILITATION/TRANSMISSION Adult *Developing Countries
Female *Gender Identity Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION &
CONTROL/*REHABILITATION/TRANSMISSION *Politics Power (Psychology)
*Rehabilitation, Vocational Self-Help Groups *Socioeconomic Factors