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The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.


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Comprehensive Package for Reducing Stigma and Discrimination in Health Facilities
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Author(s): Health Policy Project

Primary Language: English

Date: 6/3/2015


The USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) has led a global effort to compile and refine a coordinated package of “best practice” tools for health facilities. HPP brought together a group of international experts to review, prioritize, adapt, and synthesize existing measures and programmatic tools for stigma reduction. The resulting intervention package supports an evidence-informed response in health facilities and offers the following advantages:

  • Synthesis of existing tools into a streamlined research-to-action approach
  • A “total facility” approach that involves all levels of health facility staff
  • A questionnaire, field-tested in six countries for broad applicability across diverse settings
  • A “best of” set of training exercises culled from field experiences in nine countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia
  • Training menus for different types of facility staff and timeframes
  • Action planning and policy development to support a sustained, multilevel response.

The tools in this package may be used or adapted to counter stigma and discrimination based on HIV status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and behaviors such as sex work or injecting drug use.

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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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