At a recent five-day workshop in Nairobi, twenty team members of the nationwide Zingatia Maisha project became anti-stigma trainers of trainers. The workers are now equipped to teach others to run activities using the Alliance’s Understanding and Challenging HIV Stigma: Toolkit for Action.
The four leaders of the workshop were themselves trained in 2006 by the Regional Stigma Training Team, based at the Alliance’s country office in Zambia.
One of the leaders – herself a Zingatia Maisha employee – described how the training would help her organisation encourage adherence to medication for people living with HIV.
“For Zingatia to promote antiretroviral treatment adherence we have to fight stigma both at the facility and in the community, not forgetting self stigma,” said Evangeline Nikirote. “We trained all the team members as trainers of trainers so that they can roll out to their sites.”
The new trainers will organise workshops at 38 sites across Kenya to pass on their expertise to health facility staff, community support group leaders, and community and religious leaders.
“I want to thank you and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance for sending the toolkits,” said Carlin Alusa, another of the workshop leaders. “We hope this has been a big step forward.”
The Alliance’s HIV stigma toolkit grew from a two-year research project in Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Staff from more than fifty local non-governmental organisations contributed by sharing their experiences, developing exercises and testing the tools.
The stigma toolkit is available in English and Portuguese. A French language version is due to be published in the first half of this year, and a new module on tuberculosis-related stigma will be added to the English toolkit in April.