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Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining Research Through a Programmatic Lens

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Gender inequality and inequity as barriers to access maternal health care: a case of PMTCT service
Nomafrench Mbombo, University of the Western Cape

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Mbombo discussed gender concepts, gender as a barrier to PMTCT, and approaches to overcoming gender barriers in order to promote access to MCH programs. It is crucial to incorporate gender into maternal health and specifically HIV/AIDS programming. Programs must take into account the specific needs of men, women, girls and boys with respect to both biological/sex differences and sociocultural gender differences. The design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs at all levels should benefit both women and men equally and promote inequities. Programs should also promote both gender equality and equity and should be grounded in a rights-based approach.

For more information, please visit the maternal health, HIV, and AIDS technical meeting page.