Pioneering HIV services for women

 

A typical woman story in one of our projects …

She was forced to marry at the age of 13. She got pregnant with 14. Her husband used drugs; he abused her regularly, and he made her take drugs. He used her to obtain drugs for him. She ran away from home. But she had no place to stay. To support herself and her daughter, she got involved in sex work. Because of her status and life style, she was not accepted in existing health and social services. She got infected with HIV and hepatitis.

Around half of the 34 million people living with HIV are women and girls. They are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection due to their social status. They are often deprived of their basic rights leading to lack of education, health services and to economic disadvantages. One of the main reason for their vulnerability is the wide spread violence against them.

Nothing for them without them …

UNODC supports interventions for women designed and implemented by women. The goal of that gender-responsive HIV work is to provide and improve the quality of prevention, treatment, care and support services for women and girls around the globe; we work towards communities free of violence, stigma and discrimination.

Currently UNODC implements projects specifically assisting women in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Ukraine with the following interventions:

- Outreach by women to women;

- Gender-sensitive HIV and AIDS prevention and care;

- Specialized drug dependence treatment for women with or without children;

- Access to condoms, sterile needles and syringes;

- Voluntary and confidential HIV counselling and testing;

- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections;

- Antiretroviral treatment for women and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission;

- Home-based service provision.