Fight HIV/AIDS by Empowering Women in South Africa



Support, counseling, education and income-generating opportunities to help poor women with HIV/AIDS overcome such issues as stigma and lack of access to resources and treatment.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

South Africa has the highest number of women infected with HIV/AIDS in the world. Stigma and discrimination against them, lack of knowledge about accessing treatment, and deep poverty have left these women in a precarious position. But there is hope. And it begins with the women. And you. Through a network of support groups that empower and educate these women, they are able to take matters into their own hands to access treatment, live healthier lives, and support themselves and their children.

How will this project solve this problem?

Positive Women’s Network provides HIV-positive women with women-led support groups to address stigma; grief counseling; workshops on treatment literacy, reproductive health and nutrition; and opportunities for income-generating projects like weaving.

Potential Long Term Impact

PWN operates a “train-the-trainers program” where women are trained to form new support groups- a huge multiplier effect in numbers of women reached. Thousands of women will continue to manage HIV while learning skills to support their families.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Fight HIV/AIDS by Empowering Women in South Africa
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