HIV and AIDS and reproductive health care amongst disabled people in Malawi and Namibia.
This pilot study sought to explore the experiences and support given to disabled people in respect of reproductive health and HIV and AIDS in Malawi and Namibia. In-depth interviews were conducted with key informants in both countries, followed by focus group discussions with disabled people from different disability groups. Follow-up workshops were also held. Findings from Malawi are presented under the following headings: social relationships; sexuality and gender (cultural/religious beliefs; sexual relationships/marriage; sexual abuse); health education; HIV and AIDS prevention and risk factors; access to sexual and reproductive health care. Findings from Namibia are under the headings: sexuality and gender issues; disability and sexuality; sexual and reproductive health; facts about HIV and AIDS. A number of recommendations are made.
Southern African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 34 pp.