Economic strengthening approaches with female sex workers: Implications for HIV prevention

Andrea Mantsios, Deanna Kerrigan, Jessie Mbwambo, Samuel Likindikoki, Catherine Shembilu

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This chapter examines different strategies for addressing the economic vulnerability that puts female sex workers (FSW) at increased risk of acquiring HIV. After presenting various theoretical approaches to economic interventions with FSW, the chapter provides examples of interventions employing different approaches. The focus is placed on interventions using a community empowerment approach. The authors argue that it is through this type of approach that FSW can confront their economic vulnerability at the community level, rather than through programs focused on increasing individual income alone. An applied example is provided by an in-depth look at community savings groups among FSW in Tanzania.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructural Interventions for HIV Prevention
Subtitle of host publicationOptimizing Strategies for Reducing New Infections and Improving Care
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780190675486
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Community level
  • Community savings groups
  • Economics
  • Female sex workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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