for life: health promotion among positive women as a fundamental right. Group "Estrella de Vida" Colectivo Sol. A.C.
B. Lòpez Lòpez, H. Pèrez Vàzquez
Colectivo Sol A. C, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Issues: During the last 4 years the National Network of
Women with HIV in Mexico has succeeded in positioning the agenda of women with
HIV in relevant decision making spaces at national level. At the same time
preparing and training a group of 40 positive women whose networking activities
advance peer health promotion among women with HIV as a fundamental right and
as a community mobilization activity.
Description: The project has trained 40 women
with HIV in group management, peer and outreach education and sexual health
promotion. PeerEd teams reach out to women with HIV in hospitals, clinics and
self-help groups focusing messages on the right to health, the need to act
collectively in pursuit of good quality services and of improved patient-doctor
relations. Women participating in the project reported higher community
involvement, improved relations with health service providers and increased
involvement in collective issues. Health services reported reduced costs in
care due to improved health conditions of positive women patients. By acting as
a network and not as isolated individuals, women with HIV participate more in
prevention and health promotion activities targeting girls and women.
Lessons learned: Peer health promotion among women
with HIV is a powerful tool to help upscale their quality of life and it is
better done when women are fully aware that access to health services is a
fundamental right s they can demand and access through collective organizing
Next steps: To generate a new prevention-care
model for women with HIV in Clínica Condesa in Mexico City and continue
strengthening the network of women with HIV.
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