Welcome

With growing interest globally in understanding and addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings, we have created this tool-finder as a repository of useful tools for people working in this area.

The tool-finder is designed to help you find the most appropriate tool for the work you want to do on HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings. By telling us a little bit about who you are and what kind of tool you are looking for, our search engine will identify for you the most appropriate tools for your purpose. For example, if you are a researcher seeking to assess HIV-related stigma within health care settings you would be directed towards a different set of tools than if you are a health care worker seeking to carry out training to address HIV-related discrimination in health care settings.

If you want to add any relevant tools that you have to this online repository, please fill out the Tool Intake Form.

This tool-finder was developed by the Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Southern California, with funding and support from UNAIDS.



Background

HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings are known to negatively affect the HIV response. Experiences of HIV-related stigma and discrimination have been widely reported in health care settings around the world and have constituted a deterrent to accessing HIV-related and other health services. Stigma and discrimination in health care settings take many forms including: the denial of health care and unjust barriers to service provision; inferior quality of care; a lack of respect; abuse and other forms of mistreatment; violation of physical autonomy; mandatory testing or treatment; and compulsory detention. Health workers living with HIV can also experience stigma and discrimination within their workplace.

There is increasing acknowledgment of the need to address stigma and discrimination, including in health care settings. The 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS explicitly recognizes the HIV epidemic as a human rights challenge and expresses grave concern that stigma and discrimination continue to prevent people from accessing HIV services. The Declaration commits to promote non-discrimination in health care, workplace, education and social services.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits member states to achieving a world of universal respect for equality and non-discrimination”, and “to leave no one behind”. The Ten Fast-Track Commitments to end AIDS by 2030 include target 4 on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence, and target 9 on empowerment. The UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021 also has a clear target on eliminating HIV-related discrimination with a particular focus on health care. Furthermore, WHO’s Global Strategy for Human Resources for Health also prioritizes ending discrimination in healthcare settings.