The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Rebecca Mbuya-Brown and Laura Nyblade
Primary Language: English
Over the past five years, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) has worked in collaboration with global and country-level institutions to advance understanding and approaches to measuring and addressing HIV-related stigma. At the global level, HPP led efforts to review, prioritize, adapt, test, and synthesize existing measures and programmatic tools for stigma reduction in health facilities. This resulted in the development of a comprehensive package for “stigma free” health facilities (HPP, 2015). The package was piloted in several Caribbean countries,2 and offers a complete response to S&D in health facilities—from research to action. Its total facility approach targets all health facility staff, from doctors to cleaning staff.
In an effort to facilitate further scale-up and refinement of these successful approaches, HPP convened an expert meeting in Washington, DC on June 3, 2015 to discuss and strategize a way forward to scale up S&D reduction efforts in health facilities. These discussions yielded valuable insights and recommendations, which are presented in this brief.