Stigma and Discrimination - Page 2
Under the leadership of ZAC various stakeholders have continued to invest the much needed support to address stigma and discrimination related to HIV in Zanzibar.
HIV&AIDS projects in communities have contributed to the reduction of stigma of PLHIV and their families.
The involvement of Faith Based leaders within the community has boosted the morale of PLHIV and encouraged communities to provide moral and material support for PLHIV.
Faith Based leaders work in the HIV&AIDS education and communication projects in community have contributed to the reduction of stigma of PLHIV and their families. Local authorities in communities as well as the Technical Aids Committees at ministerial levels also involved PLHIV in the implementation of Shehia sub projects, for instance through community sensitization and providing testimony.
Quite a good number of CSOs have also worked hard to sensitize communities in ensuring that the attitudes of the community members is changed on stigma issues and should not result into a range of excluding behaviours towards people thought to be HIV positive.
Furthermore, PHLIV peer educators were also trained to understand the effects of stigmatization and actions to be taken to stop stigma at all levels within the communities.
Media practitioners were not left behind as such were involved through participating in several trainings to take and play a leading role on anti-stigma campaign so as to become champions on the subject matter.
Technical AIDS Committees at all ministerial development agencies were also involved in the trainings whereby a powerful anti-stigma tool was used to give them insights on how to address stigma issues at working places.
Among the results which ZAC is proud of is that more people are currently coming forward to publicly declare their HIV status. Moreover, there is a substantial increase in the number of key populations reached with HIV programmes as compared to the previous years.
Tackling HIV and AIDs stigma and discrimination is everyone’s responsibility and concerted efforts from all role players and stakeholders in communities at all levels are essential.
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