Frameworks for Dialogue - an advocacy tool based on the PLHIV Stigma Index

27 Sep 2013

The PLHIV Stigma Index provides an evidence base upon which the Framework for Dialogue can build.

The active and meaningful participation of people living with HIV is essential to a comprehensive and effective response to HIV. So too is the active and informed involvement of religious leaders and faith communities. Working together, people living with HIV and religious leaders can bring experience, knowledge, reach and passion that can significantly enhance what both partners can do separately as well as collectively in response to HIV. Such collaboration is not new, but has often been ad hoc and informal.

The process begins where the People Living with HIV Stigma Index has been implemented by the national network of people living with HIV. It then uses this evidence - complemented by other evidence from the country - as the basis for guiding participants from informal to formal discussions and actions, and from bilateral conversations to comprehensive and inclusive dialogue and collaborations.

The Framework for Dialogue process is divided into six key steps that aim to ensure proper planning, follow-up and sustained, ongoing dialogue.

Four international partners, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+) and UNAIDS have developed this tool.

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