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Designing a Stigma and Discrimination Reporting System: Assuring Justice for People Living with HIV and Key Populations in Ghana
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Author(s): Nana Oye Lithur, Taylor Williamson, Annie Chen, and Ron MacInnis

Primary Language: English

Date: 10/1/2014


Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations, such as sex workers and men who have sex with men, reduces access to critical services, adversely affects health outcomes, and undermines human rights. Legal services, however, are poorly resourced in low- and middle-income countries, and access is often limited to the wealthiest people.

Drawing on lessons learned from other contexts, the Health Policy Project (HPP) collated international best practices, research on legal codes and systems in Ghana, and consultations with key stakeholders to determine approaches to monitoring discrimination. Using this information, the report the describes internet- and text message-based platforms for reporting HIV-related discrimination to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), providing a mechanism for civil society organizations to report cases to CHRAJ, track case progress, and use data on stigma and discrimination to guide future advocacy on HIV- and other related policies in Ghana.

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Advocacy    HIV    Men having Sex with Men (MSM)    People Living With HIV (PLHIV)    People who Inject Drugs (PWID)    Report    Sex Workers (SWs)    Stigma and Discrimination    Transgender    Urban and Rural Poor    Ghana  
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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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