Linking Climate, Gender and HIV Justice: A Preliminary Report on Access to HIV Treatment and Care for People Living on Lake Chilwa Islands, Malawi

Salc : Annabel Raw

This is a preliminary report on barriers to access to HIV treatment and care experienced by communities living in and around the Lake Chilwa area in Malawi. A fact-finding mission was undertaken in August 2018 by the Coalition of Woman Living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) and the Gender and Justice Unit in collaboration with SALC. The mission confirmed that seasonal drought and environmental degradation in the area exacerbate existing barriers to access to HIV treatment and care, including barriers linked to gender inequality. While initiatives have been undertaken to address some of these barriers, there remain barriers that are likely to persist and re-arise on a seasonal and ongoing basis. This report makes a number of recommendations based on these preliminary findings.

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