Addressing gender inequalities and poverty to prevent HIV in young South African women

When:17 Oct 2018, 3pm - 4pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Dr Catherine MacPhail, School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong Australia
Dr Catherine MacPhail, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney

Poor health outcomes are associated with environments in which gender inequalities and poverty exist. In Southern Africa, risk of HIV infection is particularly high among young women and has been linked to poverty, education, experiences of gender violence and inequality.

Dr Catherine MacPhail will reflect on over 10 years working in rural South Africa on intervention programmes aimed at addressing the structural drivers of HIV risk for young women. In particular, she will discuss a series of nested intervention programmes using social grants and community mobilisation. Social grants were used to achieve increased school attendance through poverty reduction; while community mobilization was initiated with communities to address HIV risks and gender inequitable attitudes among young women’s male partners.

Catherine MacPhail is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Programme Director of Postgraduate Public Health in the School of Health & Society at the University of Wollongong. Her research examines the health of adolescents in both South Africa and Australia. Her particular interest is in the social determinants of health - focusing specifically on the impacts of gender, poverty and education.