Gender-related social norms, violence, and power dynamics that limit decision-making and access to resources among women and girls, and that stigmatize and marginalize key populations, put these groups at greater risk of acquiring HIV. These factors affect how individuals access health and social services, including their decisions and ability to seek and adhere to HIV treatment. Men and boys also face gender-related risk factors and barriers to service and need to be specifically targeted through comprehensive HIV and AIDS programming.
Commissioned by PEPFAR Malawi, the Health Policy Plus project conducted a gender assessment in 2015 to support Malawi's national gender and HIV agenda in alignment with PEPFAR 3.0. This assessment (1) reviews current national gender and HIV data, analyses, and programming and (2) provides recommendations for addressing gender barriers as part of Malawi's 2016 Country Operational Plan programming and beyond.
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