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 project has interpreted the word as ‘together we stand’, to symbolise unity in challenging HIV/AIDS stigma. The Siyam’kela Project thus aims 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)
- government departments as workplaces committed to dealing with stigma through good policy and practice
- the relationship between 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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Report, FBOs, People Living With HIV or AIDS, South Africa, Africa, Stigma and Discrimination, Care,