The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Laura Nyblade and Aparna Jain
Primary Language: English
Reducing HIV stigma and discrimination (S&D) in the healthcare setting is particularly important because it is here that people living with HIV seek care and treatment to remain healthy while others seek information, counseling, testing, and other prevention services. Despite this recognized need, programs to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in healthcare facilities have yet to be routinely institutionalized and scaled up. A key factor contributing to this gap is the lack of a globally standardized set of measures for HIV-related stigma and discrimination in healthcare facilities and among healthcare workers.
In response, the Health Policy Project (HPP) is leading an ongoing collaborative global effort to develop a brief, standardized set of HIV-related S&D measures for use in healthcare facilities. As part of this effort, the project examined and synthesized relevant literature and subsequently held an expert meeting to review existing measures and build consensus toward a recommended and consolidated set of measures. The central outcome was the creation of a framework for HIV-related S&D reduction programmatic intervention and measurement. The framework delineates key programmatic areas (drivers) for intervention and identifies the key points within the framework where measurement should occur.
Measurement provides policymakers, governments, donors, and civil society advocates with data necessary to develop strategic policies, monitor and evaluate progress, and implement effective programs that uphold the rights of people living with HIV and other key populations affected by HIV. Data generated from valid and reliable indicators will allow programmers to monitor interventions in a timely manner and assess and evaluate programs to determine expansion strategies of successful implementation approaches.