Brighton: International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2007. 54 p.
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Academy for Educational Development, AED
International Center for Research on Women, ICRW
This toolkit is a revised version of a research project on "Understanding HIV-related stigma and resulted discrimination" that was conducted in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia from 2001 to 2003. The research was implemented by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). The first edition was developed by the CHANGE Project AED and ICRW in partnership with the research institutions and NGOs. The present edition was revised by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance country office in Zambia, building on the original toolkit, and includes experiences of the Alliance's Regional Stigma training Project, which has introduced the toolkit to many countries in Africa through a training of trainers and networking process.
This document is part of a toolkit written for and by HIV trainers. The toolkit has been designed to help trainers plan and organise educational sessions with community leaders or organised groups. It consists in a collection of participatory training exercises to help people at all levels understand stigma - what it means, why it is an important issue, what its root causes are - and to develop strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination. The present document contains Module B "More understanding, less fear", and Module c "Sex, morality, shame and blame". Module B raises awareness on the importance of knowledge, as HIV stigma is rooted in both and ignorance. It proposes exercises to assess knowledge and fears, to deal with our different fears and to challenge myths and incorrect knowledge about HIV and AIDS. Module C aims to tackle the difficult subjects of sex and morality in our daily lives, and explores theses issues in relation to HIV-related stigma.
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