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For the first time the consultative meeting on stigma index research of people living with HIV is being organized in Tajikistan

29 July 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
July 27-29, 2015,The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) in Tajikistan,through technical  support of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan,Civil Society Organization “Spin Plus”,   Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV,  USAID Health  Policy Project and UN Women conducted three day consultative meeting on People Living with HIV stigma index research in Tajikistan.
The event has brought together around 50 representatives from the national AIDS Center under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan, representatives from international organizations, outreach workers,networks of people living with HIV, Civil Society Organizations and initiative makers.

«We are gathered here today tolaunch the People Living with HIV Stigma Indexresearch in Tajikistan.  Through the support of 15 interviewers, around 200 PLHIV  from vulnerable groups of population will pass the interviews in all over the country.  This unique tool, which will be implemented in Tajikistan for the first time will give an opportunity to determine the level of stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and assist in capacity building of PLHIV communities. The results of this research will be crucial in the course of implementation of the activities in the field of HIV/AIDS and strengthening the cooperation between key agencies, stakeholders  and civil society»has mentioned Pulod Jamolov - head of CSO “Spin Plus».
It was mentioned that the PeopleLiving with HIV Stigma Index was developed and implemented by people, living with HIV for people affected by HIV. The main purpose of this initiative is to collect information about the challenges of PLHIV related to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations. Stigma Index provides a tool that measures and detects changing trends in relation to stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV. It aims to address stigma relating to HIV while also advocating on the key barriers and issues perpetuating stigma - a key obstacle to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support.
Denis Kamaldinov,Doctorate degree in medicine and UNAIDS expert in his presentation on PLHIV Stigma Index has mentioned that «The People Living with HIV Stigma Index is a tool used by, as well as for, people living with HIV. The Index supports the Greater Involvement of People living with HIV and AIDS principle through being driven by PLHIV and their networks. By acting on this principle Index empowers both individuals and communities most affected by the epidemic. The results of the research will be used for development of new strategic programmes on HIV/AIDS; programme effectiveness evaluations; resource mobilization. Also the results of the research will be used by communities of PLHIV to protect their legal rights in all levels».
Also participants were informed that the results of the study, which will be available by the end of this year, will increase the understanding of how stigma and discrimination is experienced by people living with HIV. The evidence gained will then shape future programmatic interventions and policy change. Also the information gained from the Index will provide evidence for the success (or failures) of current programmes and highlight neglected areas requiring future action. These include improving workplace policies, informing debates about the criminalization of HIV transmission, and promoting the realization of human rights.
For more information, contact: Ulugbek Aminov, UNAIDS Country Manager at: AminovU@unaids.orgorBakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org.

 

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