HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, high blood pressure and tuberculosis were some of the most relevant health issues that concerned women in Namibia. ICRW, through the Parliamentarians for Women's Health program, conducted a series of community-based assessments in three regions with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Namibia to assess women's access to quality health care.
HIV/AIDS-related stigma has long been recognized
as a crucial barrier to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Yet not enough is being done to combat it. One reason has been a lack of
information: How do we define stigma? Can stigma be measured? Another reason
has been the assumption by development practitioners that stigma is too
tied to culture, too context-specific and too linked to taboo subjects
like sex to be effectively addressed. Action also has been impeded by a
lack of tools and tested interventions.
ICRW is working with The AIDS Support Organization of Uganda (TASO) and the National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda (NARO) to improve food security and nutrition of AIDS-affected households in rural Uganda. The project, "Transcending Boundaries to Improve the Food Security of AIDS-affected Households in Rural Uganda," is addressing the complexities of food insecurity and HIV/AIDS by forging partnerships across sectors - including institutions with expertise in agriculture, nutrition, gender and HIV/AIDS - at the district, community and local levels.