Supporting women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS
Women are too often in situations where they cannot negotiate safe sex, increasing their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS infection.
The AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa has taken a heavy toll on women. In Ghana, like many countries, women are disproportionately affected by AIDS. More than 40 per cent of women have no formal education and have little access to information on how to protect themselves. Women are too often in situations where they cannot negotiate safe sex, increasing their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS infection. Further, they are primary caregivers when family members fall ill.
Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) is working with Pro-Link, a Ghanaian development organization, to support women and girls who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. The partnership aims to broaden the scope of Pro-Link’s HIV and AIDS programming, in particular, voluntary counselling and testing programs, as well as income-generating activities for women living with HIV or AIDS.