HIV Principles and Stigma Reduction Training Curriculum: Addressing HIV and Stigma in the Healthcare Setting in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Health Policy Initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


To support a truly sustainable HIV response in the MENA Region, centered on positive leadership, prevention, education, and mentorship, as well as gender equity and sensitivity.

Type of Document:
A discussion-based training curriculum that provides a basic program designed to engage participants regarding stigma and discrimination and HIV in the MENA Region and, in particular, healthcare settings. It is primarily discussion based.

Audience Intended:
The curriculum is intended to be implemented by and for people living with HIV and
their supportive physicians. Facilitators should have a fairly high level of baseline knowledge of HIV and understanding of stigma and discrimination. Some sessions are designed specifically for facilitation by skilled healthcare practitioners, such as physicians, including sessions on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), hepatitis C (HCV) and TB co-infection, and adherence and treatment. For this reason, it is critical that the training include healthcare professionals, such as doctors, counselors, pharmacists, and others, who can serve as session designers, facilitators, and participants during the workshop and as advocates and champions afterward.

Populations Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
People living with HIV, MSM, IDU, SW, criminalized populations

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Stigma and discrimination.

Assess and/or Address:

The program is divided into four full-day sessions and a fifth half day; however, the length of both days and sessions can be modified as needed. For example, workshop facilitators also can set aside time for sessions that feature local experts or visits to local service providers, NGOs, and support groups, as well as time for informal discussion and group activities.

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