Friday, 28 May 2010

IPPF Stigma Index Consultation

Over the next few weeks, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is seeking the input of civil society and other interested parties on the development of common indicators to support a scaled-up response to reducing HIV and pre-existing stigmas. AIDSPortal is proud to be facilitating this stigma consultation via eForum! International HIV experts agree that HIV and pre-existing stigmas are highly prevalent across the globe and are one of the major factors impeding access to and scaling-up services for HIV-related prevention, treatment, care and support. While many individuals, organizations and governments have been at the forefront of advocating for and/or working towards the reduction of HIV-related stigma, actions to reduce stigma and discrimination at the scale necessary to impact the pandemic is lacking. One key barrier holding back such action is the lack of an agreed upon set of standardized global indicators.

The online consultation will broaden the engagement in the indicator development process to harness the feedback and contribution from civil society, including health programmers, people living with HIV, people affected by HIV and key populations, human rights activists and others.

The recommendations will inform both the indicator development process as well as facilitating the sharing of ideas and best practice relating to how HIV-related stigma is monitored and evaluated in different national and programmatic contexts.

Findings based on the data from the online consultation and key informant telephone interviews with civil society representatives will be consolidated into a short interim report. IPPF will host a workshop with a cross-section of civil society stakeholders in Vienna on Saturday 17 July 2010, prior to the International AIDS Conference to review, discuss and validate key findings from the interim report.

It is in all our interests to make sure that the development of common indicators to support a scaled-up response to reducing HIV and pre-existing stigmas is as strong as possible so please – participate!

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[Contributed by Stigma Consultation eForum Resource Team]