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.