Ntinda, Kampala – The Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) in association with the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) on August 11th, 2021 conducted a training session for cadres themed, Monitoring Stigma and Discrimination Reduction in Uganda.
The one-day training was held at NAFOPHANU offices in Mengo, Kampala and was attended by 14 people living with HIV (PLHIV), who will be teaching or counselling fellow PLHIV. They were drawn from the Eastern, Western, Northern, South-Western, West Nile, Central and Karamoja regions of Uganda.
The main goal of the training was to guide the PLHIV trainers to give correct and uniform information to the members of the PLHIV constituency regarding human rights violations and stigma and discrimination reduction.
It also aimed at providing an enabling environment for the elimination of all forms of HIV and AIDS related stigma and discrimination in Uganda.
The training was self-directed, goal and relevancy-oriented, highlighted practicality, encouraged collaboration and involved using knowledge and life experiences to put the message across.
According to National HIV Stigma index studies done in Uganda in 2013 and 2019, HIV stigma is still prevalent in the community, with gossip being the highest form of stigma at 34% as per 2019 statistics.
Such trainings will contribute to a more informed outlook and perspective towards PLHIV, which will translate into reduced HIV stigma numbers.