Christian Science Monitor Examines Ugandan Efforts To Address Traditional Customs That Put Women at Risk of HIV/AIDS
The Christian Science Monitor on Friday examined Ugandan efforts to address traditional customs that put women at risk of contracting HIV. A combination of "pressures" that confront African women and girls -- including a lack of economic, legal and cultural power -- leave them unable to protect themselves from HIV. "Boosting women's economic opportunities and social power should be seen as part and parcel of potentially successful and sustainable AIDS strategies," according to a recent UNAIDS report, titled "AIDS Epidemic Update 2004." Current Ugandan legislation would examine several traditions -- including polygamy, marital rape and bride price -- that can fuel the spread of HIV (McLaughlin, Christian Science Monitor, 12/17). The complete article is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.