Brighton: International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2007. 41 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 develop strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination. The present document contains the Module F "Coping with stigma" and the Module G, "Treatment and stigma". The Module F was written with a team of PLHIV and is designed for use with PLHIV training courses and support groups. The aim is to strengthen PLHIV as individuals, in order to cope with stigma and to build up leadership ability to help and support others. The activities allow participants participants to share experiences and strategies, develop communication and assertiveness skills and build self-esteem. Module G contains exercises that try to disentangle and explore some of the ways in which stigma is a barrier to effective ARV treatment.
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