Pretoria: Centre for the Study of AIDS, 2003. 24 p.
POLICY Project
University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of AIDS
United States Agency for International Development, USAID
South Africa. Department of Health, HIV/AIDS and TB Directorate
This document outlines proposed indicators of HIV/AIDS stigma, specifically focussing on internal and external stigma. Before the indicators are presented some key terms are defined. This is followed by an overview of the research approach which highlights the research process undertaken to develop these indicators.The Siyam'kela Project is a joint endeavour of the POLICY Project, the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Chief Directorate: HIV/AIDS and TB, National Department of Health. Siyam'kela is an African word meaning "we are accepting", expressing a collective embracing. The word has been interpreted as "together we stand" for this project to symbolise a unity in challenging HIV/AIDS stigma.The Siyam'kela Projectaims to pave the way for a stigma mitigation process by developing well researched indicators of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. The Project has focused on three key areas essential to South Africa's response to HIV/AIDS: Faith-based organisations and communities as important sources of support to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs), National government departments as workplaces committed to dealing with HIV/AIDS related stigma through good policy and practice, The relationship between people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) and the media as an example of how empowered individuals can impact positively on perceptions and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS.
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