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Dominican Republic's National Council for HIV and AIDS Celebrates Zero Discrimination Day
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Health Policy Project

Posted March 6, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—The National Council for HIV and AIDS (Consejo Nacional para el VIH y el SIDA [CONAVIHSIDA]) celebrated the first Zero Discrimination Day with an event addressing the impact of stigma and discrimination on individuals and public health efforts to reduce HIV transmission. Key government officials, including the Minister of Public Health, Attorney General, and the U.S. Ambassador attended the half-day event on March 6.

CONAVIHSIDA held the International Seminar on the Impact of Stigma and Discrimination in Public Policy to commemorate the internationally celebrated day to heighten awareness of discrimination against those living with HIV. In the Dominican Republic, HIV prevalence is relatively low compared to other Caribbean countries, but transmission among key populations remains high. Stigma and discrimination is widely recognized as a key driver of the epidemic, preventing individuals from seeking life-saving HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.

Dr. Laura Nyblade, senior technical advisor for the USAID-funded Health Policy Project, provided the keynote address. She presented on stigma and discrimination against key populations and lessons from efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination worldwide.

“Stigma and discrimination must be addressed in order to truly improve quality, access and utilization of health services,” said Dr. Nyblade.

The Health Policy Project, in collaboration with many partners, has developed programmatic tools to measure and reduce stigma and discrimination in health facilities. “Such measurement is important for designing effective, appropriate programming, as well as determining whether progress is being made. We’ve made significant progress in learning how to address stigma and discrimination over the past decade and now have the knowledge and resources to act. What we need now is action, and everyone has a part to play,” said Dr. Nyblade.

The resource Measuring HIV Stigma and Discrimination Among Health Facility Staff includes questionnaires that have been translated in six different languages, including Spanish. The resource, published in 2013, is being introduced in health facilities in the Caribbean. 

For more information on HPP's work on stigma and discrimination, click here: http://www.healthpolicyproject.com/index.cfm?id=topics-Stigma

 
 
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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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