Women Living in Rural Areas of Zimbabwe Have Limited Access to Antiretrovirals, Groups Say
January 17, 2008
HIV-positive women living in rural areas of Zimbabwe are experiencing increasingly limited access to antiretroviral drugs, some nongovernmental organizations said recently, IRIN News reports. According to the groups, women in rural areas also tend to be more marginalized than women in urban locations. Research conducted by the Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre Network found that although most women in the country who need antiretroviral access live in rural areas, three-quarters of women taking the drugs are from urban areas. In addition, the research found that women in rural areas often rely on herbal remedies, according to IRIN News. "Rural women who need" antiretrovirals "find themselves in a quandary because levels of income for a rural household tend to be low," Tariro Kutadza, coordinator for the Zimbabwe AIDS Network in the Mashonaland West province, said. The financial costs associated with antiretrovirals go beyond the price of the drugs, Kutadza said, adding that the high cost of transportation to health centers means that many low-income women often take antiretrovirals infrequently or not at all.
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