AGRODEV and Health and Gender Issues

Health issues such, as HIV and AIDS are usually the main topics of discussion when looking at aid to developing nations. The numbers are staggering. At the end of 2005 there were an estimated 25.8 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa (south of the Sahara desert), and 510,000 in North Africa and the Middle East. AIDS is now the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa - killing an estimated 2.4 million people in 2005 alone. In the same year another 3.2 million became infected with HIV. AGRODEV works in direct relationship with displaced persons that are often marginalized due their health and/or gender.

 

Our programs are aimed at effectively utilizing the knowledge and expertise of women that can sometimes be forgotten. Women traditionally do not participate in many of the male dominated activities. Today through our own experiences we have found women, of the communities we work in, to be one of the greatest resources for information. People who are marginalized because of their health and gender are integrated into our workshops to engage them in activities that promote their participation in the social and commercial community.