Policy Scans on HIV and SRH

Sonke Gender Justice (2015). Policy Scans on HIV and SRH. Sonke Gender Justice: Cape Town, South Africa.

Results of Sonke Policy Scans find that very few NSPs engage with men. Most NSPs do acknowledge the importance of gender within HIV work, but very few expand this to include work with men.

NSPs are more likely to mention men in relation to PMTCT and Medical Male Circumcision, but men are hardly ever mentioned in terms of trying to affect their attitudes towards condom use; getting them involved in home-based care; and targeting them to increase their uptake of testing and treatment services.

Mention the very limited conception of gender as women evident in almost all the NSPs and that we reviewed and make the claim that this represents 1) a conflation between the terms gender and women 2) it doesn’t serve women well if NSPs don’t engage men as potential partners in women’s health and wellbeing.