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Women's Access to Subsidized Antiretroviral Treatment in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is an exploration of the accessibility of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for women living with HIV/AIDS in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The reduction of user fees for ART is instrumental in securing the equitable access to care for socio-economic groups, but it alone is not sufficient to ensure that all women have access to it. The thesis demonstrates how structural barriers, which are biomedical, social, financial and political, can prevent women from accessing education, testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS. These barriers present not only as obstacles for women to access prevention and treatment, but they can also increase a woman’s risk for contracting, spreading and dying of HIV/AIDS. The study draws upon two months of anthropological fieldwork in 2011 consisting of interviews and observations conducted at two local organizations working with HIV/AIDS. The first field site was a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with women with HIV/AIDS and assisting them and their families. The second field site was a local hospital targeted to offering medical assistance for women with HIV/AIDS. Through the use of women’s medical and life trajectories, the study further argues that the evolution of the response to AIDS within the country has also put up numerous barriers in terms of access for HIV/AIDS support and treatment for women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 142 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 39
Keyword [en]
AIDS/HIV, women, Burkina Faso, antiretroviral (ARV), access, barriers, stigmatization
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212446OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212446DiVA: diva2:677831
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2013-12-10Bibliographically approved

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