WOMEN’S VULNERABILITY TO HIV: INFLUENCE OF CHURCH AFFILIATION AND PARTICIPATION IN GHANA

  • Yaw Adjei-Amoako Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Norway
Keywords: HIV vulnerability, Women, Religion, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract

HIV continues to exact its toll in sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, distorting their demographics, and weakening their economies and institutions. Little is known about the role that religious denominations play in the spread or control of HIV in Ghana. Using semi-structured interviews and focus group discussion data collected in various Christian congregations in rural and urban areas in Ghana, this paper explores how women‟s vulnerability to HIV are mediated by type of denomination – „mainstream‟ (Methodist and Catholic churches) or „healing‟ (Pentecost and Assembly of God churches).

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2015-08-31
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