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New training team launched to tackle stigma in Africa

6
DEC
2010

Aids Alliance

A new team of French speaking stigma trainers has been established by the Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hub for West, North and Central Africa to help reduce stigma and discrimination.

The Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hubs offer technical support to linking organisations and other civil society organizations to strengthen their leadership and capacity, and to governments and other institutions to enable them to work effectively with civil society. They draw upon expertise and experience across the Alliance as well as that of other regional experts. The Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hub for West, North and Central Africa is based in Burkina Faso.

Sharing experience

During the three day workshop the Regional Stigma Team provided mentoring to 14 experienced Francophone stigma trainers from countries throughout the region. The Regional Stigma Team is based in Alliance Zambia and is part of the Africa Regional Programme.

This pool of 14 French speaking trainers will go on to work as consultants for the Hub and they will continue to carry out training in their own countries. They will train other trainers in how to increase people’s access to HIV services by reducing stigma and discrimination.

Launch day

The workshop was followed by a launch event to promote the team and raise the profile of the Hub. The event was attended by representatives from UNAIDS, UNDP, the National AIDS Council, TSF for West and Central Africa, WHO, CNAESTB and URCB. All guests received a copy of the Alliance Stigma Toolkit and information on the Hub, the Regional Stigma Programme, and the pool of stigma trainers.

At the event Laure Salamberé of the IPC board spoke of the Hub’s importance in strengthening the region’s HIV response by sharing experiences.  To combat HIV effectively, it is essential to integrate human rights into HIV responses and combat stigma said CLNS Representative Dr Tiendrébéogo, who elaborated that despite improved access to services discrimination was still a huge problem.

UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Professor Faye, congratulated the Alliance and the IPC on establishing the stigma team and stressed the importance of stigma reduction to achieving universal access. This was built upon by Dieudonné Bassonon, the Hub’s Technical Support Advisor, who emphasised the importance of adapting the HIV response in order to achieve universal access and meet the Millennium Development Goals in his closing speech.

Read more about launch event.

    The group will increase people’s access to HIV services by reducing discrimination