[PDF] Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector : tool to improve responsiveness to women's needs

World Health Organization
World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date:
01 January 2009


This tool helps programme managers and health-care providers in the public and private sectors integrate gender into HIV/AIDS programmes they wish to set up, implement and evaluate so they are more responsive to women's needs.

In addition to describing basic steps in gender-responsive programming, which can be applied to all HIV/AIDS programmes, the tool suggests practical actions to address key gender issues in four service delivery areas:

  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and care
  • Home-based care and support for people living with HIV

The tool also provides examples of gender-responsive interventions from the field, and resources such as: counseling role plays for risk reduction and HIV treatment adherence; examples of gender-sensitive communication messages; and protocols for addressing the risk of violence among women as a result of HIV status disclosure."