In 2008, AIDSTAR-One began the process of compiling a compendium of programs and conducting case studies illustrating HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support programs in sub-Saharan Africa that integrate multiple gender strategies. The main goal of this two-phase activity was to expand the knowledge base of how to design and implement HIV programs that seek to reduce gender-based vulnerability to HIV infection. The compendium includes detailed descriptions of 31 programs, each of which integrates at least two PEPFAR gender strategies. From the 31 programs, 5 were chosen for in-depth case studies. These case studies, which were conducted in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia, more fully explore the successes and challenges in designing and implementing HIV programs that integrate multiple approaches to gender. Finally, a summary and findings report explores recommendations for integrating PEPFAR gender strategies into other programs.
This case study documents the Sonke Gender Justice Network’s Fatherhood project, which was designed to reduce HIV transmission and address related problems, such as gender-based violence, women’s overwhelming burden of care, and the preponderance of children in need of care and support.
The Polyclinic of Hope in Rwanda takes a comprehensive approach to combating gender-based violence for genocide survivors affected by HIV by facilitating support groups, encouraging income generation activities and providing HIV testing and treatment services.
A complex matrix of factors, such as low literacy, early sexual initiation, and limited economic opportunities, increases the vulnerability of women to HIV infection in Mozambique. The Women First program addresses the role that poverty and lack of access to health information play in the spread of HIV through legal rights and income-generating activities.
The Maanisha Community Focused Initiative, a program that works in many of Kenya's provinces, works to provide CSOs with both grants and capacity building in all HIV program areas while simultaneously addressing multiple gender-related issues.
This findings and recommendations report reviews how five programs in Africa are combining strategies and identifies gaps, lessons learned, common experiences, and recommendations for future work.
- Africa Compendium Findings & Recommendations Report (PDF / 334 KB)
- Intégration Des Spécificités De Genre Dans Les Stratégies PEPFAR Pour L’amélioration Des Interventions Contre Le VIH (French) (PDF / 300 KB)
- Integração De Múltiplas Estratégias De Género Do PEPFAR Para Melhoria Das Intervenções Em Matéria De VIH (Portuguese) (PDF / 386 KB)
- Integrando Múltiples Estrategias De Género De PEPFAR Para Mejorar Las Intervenciones De VIH (Spanish) (PDF / 390 KB)
Integrating Multiple Gender Strategies to Improve HIV and AIDS Interventions: A Compendium of Programs In Africa
This compendium describes how 31 programs in Africa are using gender strategies to improve HIV services and reduce vulnerability to HIV infection.
This case study details the efforts of the Corridors of Hope program to promote HIV prevention and testing efforts in both the general population and among at-risk groups.