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Announcing the PLHIV Stigma Index Academy!

4 October 2021

GNP+, together with the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW), UNAIDS, and John Hopkins University, are initiating a virtual learning space for PLHIV community to build movement towards a world free from HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

A fundamental aspect of the PLHIV Stigma Index is quality implementation, not only in terms of empirical research but also in the application of the GIPA principle. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop the research capacity of PLHIV community leaders so that they can lead the technical support provided to country networks throughout the implementation process – from research protocol development, data collection, data analysis, report writing, to advocacy. The PLHIV Stigma Index Academy is a specific and targeted virtual course developed for this purpose.

The academy is recruiting PLHIV community members in all their diversity to join our regional virtual short courses, taking place between November 2021 to April 2022, starting with the region of East & Southern Africa. We encourage you to apply. Please find detailed instructions on how to apply here.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Academy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the schedule for the short course look like?

The virtual course will take place over 2 consecutive weeks: 3 days per week, 3 hours per day. The first course, for PLHIV community from East & Southern Africa, will take place on November 10, 11, 12, and 16, 17, 18.

Is there any support for the participants?

We will be providing participants with stipends to support internet data and refreshments during the course.

When will the courses for the other regions take place?

All courses will be completed by April 2022. Specific dates for these courses have yet to be set. Please keep an eye on our website for the announcements.

What’s the benefit of participating in this course?

All participants who successfully completed the short course will be awarded a certificate and become part of the technical support provider team for the PLHIV Stigma Index implementations in their respective regions.

Which countries are included in the first short course?

The first short course will focus on the East and Southern Africa region. PLHIV community from other anglophone African countries are encouraged to participate in this training as well.

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