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Malawi Christians and Muslims: HIV Prevention and AIDS Care

This NICHD project, funded from 2006-2011, was one of eight studies funded by the NIH to ascertain the intersection between religion and HIV/AIDS. The study aims are to: 1) describe the strategies used by 5 Christian and Muslim religious groups to prevent HIV infection and to care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). 2) Describe and account for the factors influencing the design and execution of these strategies in each religious body. 3) Determine the overall effectiveness of each religious body’s HIV prevention and care strategies, and describe the reasons for success or failure.

Additional Members: 
  • Joseph Chakanza, PhD
  • William Holzemer, RN, PhD
  • Teri Lindgren, RN, PhD, MPH
  • Ellen Schell, RN, PhD
Faculty: 
Sally Rankin
Faculty: 
Judith A. Justice
Faculty: 
Susan Kools
Published Results: 

Rankin, SH, Lindgren, T, Kools, S, Schell, E. The Condom Divide: Disenfranchisement of Malawi women by church and state, JOGNN, 37(5), 596-604, 2008. PMID: 18811780

Morris, LM, Schell, E, Schell, D, Rankin, SH. (2008). Theologies of blame and compassion in the response of religious organizations to the AIDS crisis in Malawi, Central Africa. Jnl of Rel in Malawi.

Rankin SH, Rankin SH, Kools S, Nyagondwe Fiedler R, Schell E, Phiri J, & Mguntha A.“The wind of openness”: Religious organizations, Malawi youth and HIV. Int Jnl of Adolesc Health. 2011; 4(2): 141-153.

Rankin, S.H., Lindgren, T., Rankin, W.W., & Ng’oma, Joyce (2005). Donkey work: Women, religion, and HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Health Care for Women International, 26, 4-16. PMID: 15764458

Lindgren, T. Rankin, S.H, & Rankin, W.W. (2005). Malawi women and HIV: Socio-cultural factors and barriers to prevention. Women and Health, 41, 69-86. PMID: 16048869