A comparative study of associations of people living with HIV/AIDS in Mozambique: The case of Maputo, Manica and Zambezia province

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dc.contributor.author Da Silveira Muianga, Elisa Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-03T13:04:34Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-03T13:04:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04-03T13:04:34Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/4732
dc.description.abstract Abstract This study was inspired by the need to develop awareness about what is going on in Mozambique regarding to the issue of HIV/AIDS. The research examined how and why the organizations of PLWA ( People Living with HIV/AIDS) in Mozambique are emerging and developing, compared the particularities of the existing organizations of people living with HIV/AIDS in three province of this country (Maputo, Manica and Zambezia), and finally examined how they function, and interact with governmental and non- governmental institutions. The study made use of the ethnographic method to design and generate a rapid "picture" of the social culture around this HIV community. The focus on this method provided further in-depth qualitative insights. Behavioral surveys were designed to provide rapid key data on sexual behavior, condom use and STI1s. Together, these sources of data provided a spatial, quantitative and qualitative overview of the research. The results from this study turned that the associations of PLWA and its members face many problems such as discr imination and stigma that is attached to the scourge. But notwithstanding these problems, these associations are showing an incredible dedication to addressing the issue of HIV/AIDS. In the three provinces where this research was conducted it transpired that the associations of PLWHA are a new phenomenon, where the members are looking for their own space in order to tackle the problem that is being posed by HIV/AIDS. The research reveals, furthermore, that there are no significant differences between HIV/AIDS associations in these three provinces. There are more similarities than there are differences. The associations have in common issues such as unemployment, low level of schooling, uncontrolled urbanization, prostitution, lack of resources to support their family members, etc. Other types of similarities are shaped by patterns of formation of these associations which were similar, what invites one to think that may have been formed by the same people. As combating HIV/AIDS seems an important tool in poverty eradication, Government, civil society and the media should step up its efforts of reducing discrimination and stigmatization of PLWA through information campaigns. They should also redesign the messages in the information campaigns to ensure that they achieve the targeted audience, and add messages that promote PLWA associations and the benefits of joining them. 1 Sexual transmitted infections en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject PLWA (People Living with AIDS) en
dc.subject Mozambique en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject medical anthropology en
dc.title A comparative study of associations of people living with HIV/AIDS in Mozambique: The case of Maputo, Manica and Zambezia province en
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