WACC is currently partnering with Hope for HIV/AIDS International (HFA) based in Lagos, Nigeria, in a three and a half year project to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The project was awarded a grant by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID). WACC will be developing this page to reflect the project’s progress and achievements.
The HFA project will educate pastors and other grassroots leaders in Lagos, Nigeria, about HIV-related stigma, giving them knowledge and communication tools to increase care and support efforts and to advocate for the rights of people living with or affected by HIV. The project aims to reach 2000 religious and community leaders with strong involvement of women and people living with HIV.
Faith Leaders and HIV Stigma Reduction in Africa: Good Practices Collection
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an international network of over 80 churches and Christian organizations advocating together on issues of common concern, has campaigned on HIV and AIDS since 2001, with overcoming HIV-related stigma and discrimination a key focus of its efforts.
The World Association for Christian Communication, an EAA member, has been a leader in addressing stigma and discrimination through communication and advocacy, upholding the rights of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and empowering communities to speak out in support of all those affected.
WACC’s partnership with Hope for HIV/AIDS International in this project to empower faith leaders in Lagos, Nigeria to become advocates for PLHIV is a model of the kind of efforts needed in “Getting to Zero”.
The project has published a collection of case studies of good practices as a contribution to identifying practices and organizations that can more systematically and effectively help to reduce stigma and discrimination.