Around 14,500 women live with HIV in Canada, and delivering holistic integrated care that responds to their needs and priorities is essential. Based on findings from CHIWOS and an extensive community-collaborative research program, two new toolkits were developed on Women-Centred HIV Care. One toolkit was developed for women living with HIV as a self-management and health self-advocacy tool. The second toolkit is to support HIV clinicians and community-based organizations to deliver Women-Centred HIV Care. They are now available online!
Women-Centred HIV Care acknowledges each woman as a unique individual, working with them using a participatory model of decision making. Key sections within the toolkits include trauma- and violence-aware care; person-centred care with attention to social determinants of health and family; HIV care; women’s health care with attention to sexual and reproductive health and rights; mental, emotional and addiction health care; and peer support, leadership and capacity building.
You can find the Women-Centred HIV Care toolkits here. To support the launch of the two toolkits, the team members are hosting webinars this Fall on September 24th and October 1st, 2020.
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