Tikambisane – Support Group Intervention for Girls Living with HIV in Zambia
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Zambart, 3C Regional Consultants and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted a pilot study between September 2017 and March 2018 to assess the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a six-session support group intervention designed to facilitate healthy transitions to adulthood among adolescent girls aged 15-19 living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia.
Worldwide, India ranks third in terms of the number of people live with HIV, affecting 2.1 million people according to recent estimates. Programming efforts aimed at vulnerable populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drugs users, and truckers, have resulted in a decline in the HIV incidence rate. Building off of that success, the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) is working to further accelerate progress in decreasing the transmission of HIV, by targeting increases in low prevalence states, including through spousal transmission.
Women and girls between the ages of 15-24 are the population most vulnerable to HIV – double the infection rates among young men. The International Center for Research on Women, as a member of the HIV/AIDS research & advocacy consortium, STRIVE, is working to find solutions that will bring down HIV infection rates among women – and especially young women and adolescent girls who are worst-affected.
This infographic was created by our GOODMaker Challenge winner, Deirdre Mahon.
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.