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New Website Shows "What Works" for Women and Girls in HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care, and Support

24 Aug, 2011
By: Open Society Foundation

What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions, now available at, is a comprehensive review of successful HIV programming for women and girls spanning data from more than 2,000 scientific articles and reports in nearly 100 countries.

Published by the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, this valuable resource provides a centralized, searchable location for policymakers, donors, and program planners to review evidence of effective gender-specific programming.

With scarce resources for HIV and AIDS programs—and a growing demand for services—program planners and funders must prioritize interventions that have been proven to be effective in HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. The website is a veritable “one-stop shop” of successful strategies for women and girls on a range of topics, including:

Prevention for women, including condom use, partner reduction, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections

  • Prevention for key affected groups of women such as sex workers, women who use drugs, prisoners, migrants, and transgender persons
  • Prevention for young people, including provision of comprehensive sex education and access to HIV services
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Treatment provision, access, adherence, and support
  • Meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women living with HIV
  • Safe motherhood and prevention of transmission of HIV from mother-to-child
  • Prevention, detection, and treatment of co-infections such as tuberculosis, malaria, and hepatitis
  • Strengthening the enabling environment for women, including advancing education and legal protections, reducing violence against women, and promoting women’s employment and leadership
  • Care and support for women and girls, orphans, and vulnerable children
  • Structuring health services to meet women’s needs

To search the evidence, go to www.whatworksforwomen.or