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Promising Practice of Stigma-Mitigation Efforts from across South Africa: Reflections from Faith-Based Organisations, the Workplace and People Living with HIV/AIDS Who Interact with the Media
May 23 2011 at 20:08
The Siyam’kela Project 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:
1) faith-based organisations and communities as important sources of support to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) ;
2) national government departments as workplaces committed to dealing with stigma through good policy and practice ;
3) the relationship between PLHAs and the media as an example of how empowered individuals can impact positively on perceptions and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS.
The project consists of six aspects:
1) a literature review to provide a theoretical understanding of stigma
2) a qualitative exploration of stigma experiences and perspectives through focus-group discussions and key-informant interviews across South Africa
3) the development of indicators of internal and external stigma through this fieldwork and in consultation with experts in the field
4) a media scan to contextualise and locate the fieldwork in a particular time and place
5) the documentation of “promising practices” which mitigate HIV/AIDS stigma
6) the development of guidelines to assist those who wish to develop interventions to impact positively on HIV/AIDS stigma.
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