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"Stigma and Discrimination" research findings shared

Participants of "Stigma and Discrmination" Research Findings dissemination meeting listening to the outcomes of the research conducted among HIV and AIDS infected women in Achham district

2 February 2012, Kathmandu – Findings on "Stigma and Discrimination among women due to HIV and AIDS" were disseminated at a function at Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu.

The research was conducted to measure differences in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behavior related to stigma before and after a stigma reduction training program among health care providers, community stakeholders and women living with HIV in Accham district.

The research found that the recognition of stigma faced by women living with HIV among health providers increased from 24 to 41 per cent after the introduction of training package.

At community level, the fear of contracting HIV with casual contact with People Living with HIV and AIDS declined 26 to 14 per cent after the intervention.
"The research shows that stigma and discrimination in HIV and AIDS is decreasing," said Dr. Ramesh Kharel, Director of National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) while chairing the meeting. "We will be incorporating the recommendations and conclusions of the report while scaling-up the project to ensure Zero new infections and zero discrimination."

During the event, Ms. Hanna Singer, UNICEF Nepal Representative, congratulated NCASC for their excellent leadership in bringing down HIV prevalence in Nepal. "This operational research has proven to be an efficient and effective method to reduce stigma and discrimination across the board and should be replicated," added Ms. Singer. "We at UNICEF are ready to provide necessary support to the Government of Nepal to introduce a national Stigma Reduction Campaign."

Representatives from NGOs, INGOs, UN Agencies including UNICEF and Officials from NCASC were present in the sharing meeting. The research was conducted by International Centre for Research on Women – an international research company – in Achham district.



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