Six years of STRIVE work on stigma has achieved considerable impact. The White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response (3 and 4 March) was a high point in 2016. Anne Stangl facilitated a panel on interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination globally, while James Hargreaves participated in another panel on stigma measurement. The second day of the meeting focused on research and developing recommendations for stigma reduction research moving forward.
In September 2016, STRIVE supported the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW-DC) to participate in another important consultation, a two-day meeting organised by the disparities committee of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The stigma reduction framework provided the foundation for recommendations on integrating stigma and discrimination-reduction into US government policies and programmes. These recommendations were presented to the full PACHA in September for consideration to deliver to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The role of stigma in the epidemic is universally acknowledged, but the challenge of addressing stigma persists. Here, Dr. Stangl’s systematic review is achieving considerable reach:
Anne Stangl (here at AIDS 2016) works on rights-based approaches to stigma reduction
STRIVE colleagues Anne Stangl (ICRW) and Shari Krishnaratne (LSHTM) presented on stigma at AIDS 2016
Earlier, STRIVE supported stakeholder engagement by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW-DC) in Washington, DC.
- Stangl and colleagues met with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (OGAC), USAID, Macro International and UNAIDS in 2014 to gain support for seven new measures of stigma to be included in the revised Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) standard questionnaire (which is implemented in 180 countries). This led to the adoption of the new survey items and inclusion in the standard DHS module starting in 2015.
- Meetings with the US State Department led to the inclusion of an indicator on HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the Annual Human Rights Report (2014). This uses two of the new measures collected in the DHS. This indicator was ultimately approved for inclusion and 50 countries included the indicator in a new section specific to HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the 2015 HR report.
STRIVE will continue this crucial focus on stigma as a structural driver itself as well as within other studies and initiatives.
Stigma affects different demographics in different ways. Here, Ginny Bond (LSHTM) with youth advocates at AIDS 2016