Gaining a foothold: tackling poverty, gender inequality, and HIV in Africa


This article argues that current strategies to change HIV risk behaviour are failing women and girls in Africa; that structural interventions to increase women' economic, social and political empowerment are necessary; that economic development initiatives (such as microfinance) may have an important role; and that such local programmatic approaches need to intersect with national and international policies to improve women's status and wellbeing.


BMJ (2005) 331 pp.769-772. [doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7519.769]

Published 1 January 2005