On June 24, 2014, Rose Wilcher, Michele Lanham, and Robyn Dayton of FHI 360 shared the findings and programmatic resources from activities undertaken in Kenya and South Africa designed to identify strategies and generate support for gender transformative microbicide introduction in the future.
Hailed as a much-needed female-controlled HIV prevention method, women will likely face barriers to access and use microbicides when and if they are licensed and rolled out. To ensure the future success of this product, they argued, programs must be informed by a sound understanding of how gender norms and inequalities as well as the potential role of male partners may affect women’s microbicide use. Additionally, they noted that microbicide use could potentially change the relative status of men and women in a community, and that sound gender analysis should be a part of programs which make use of microbicides.
- Rose Wilcher, Michele Lanham, and Robyn Dayton, “Microbicides for Women’s HIV Prevention: Addressing Gender Inequality and Male Engagement” (PDF: 2307 KB)
- Speaker Bios (PDF: 126 KB)