Gender and HIV in South Africa

Advancing Women’s Health and Capabilities

  • Courtenay Sprague

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Courtenay Sprague
    Pages 1-32
  3. HIV, Gender and Health in Black South African Women

  4. Capabilities for Black South African Women: Gender as a Structural Health Determinant

  5. Moving from Evidence to Action

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-404

About this book


This book addresses the ongoing problem of HIV in black South African women as a health inequity. Importantly, it argues that this urgent problem of justice is changeable. Sprague uses the capabilities approach to bring a theory of health justice, together with multiple sources of evidence, to investigate the complex problem of HIV and accompanying poor health outcomes in black South African women. Motivated by a concern for application of knowledge, this work discusses how to better conceptualise what health justice demands of state and society, and how to mobilise available evidence on health inequities in ways that compel greater state action to address problems of gender and health. 

HIV in women, and possible responses, are investigated on four distinct levels: conceptual, social structure, health systems, and law. The analysis demonstrates that this problem is indeed modifiable with long-term interventions and an enhanced state response targeted at multiple levels.  This book will be of interest to academics and students in the social health sciences, gender and development studies, and global health, as well as HIV/health activists, government officials, policy makers, HIV clinicians and health providers interested in HIV.


gender studies health justice human rights social justice social science women in south africa health inequity South African health policy Global Governance Human Security Social health inequalities gender health inequalities structural health determinants AIDS and women qualitative research methods gender-transformative interventions intimate partner violence Global South studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Courtenay Sprague
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MassachusettsBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55996-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55997-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7683
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7691
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