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Africa, faith, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, Malawi, spirituality, women



  1. Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy
  2. Kako, Peninnah M.
  3. Kibicho, Jennifer W.


Abstract: Two qualitative research studies conducted with women living with HIV in Malawi (N = 72) and Kenya (N = 54) separately revealed personal faith as a primary coping mechanism that mitigates the effects of stigma and promotes spiritual, physical, and mental health. Four characteristics of God emerged that sustain the women in daily life.