Structural barriers and human rights related to HIV prevention and treatment in Zimbabwe

There has long been recognition that individual risk factors can only partially explain vulnerability to HIV infection, and that a broader range of socioeconomic, cultural and political factors must be taken into account

J.J. Amon

2009

Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • There has long been recognition that individual risk factors can only partially explain vulnerability to HIV infection, and that a broader range of socioeconomic, cultural and political factors must be taken into account
  • More recently this understanding has been applied to addressing obstacles to accessing HIV treatment
  • Using the situation of Zimbabwe as an example, we will present an illustration of how contextual barriers can be understood in human rights terms, and how using a human rights analysis can help define ‘structural-rights’ interventions and compel their implementation
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