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PLHIV Stigma Index Webinar Series: Taking a Standardized Approach in Documenting HIV-related Stigma & Discrimination

4 July 2022

Join us in the 2nd webinar of the PLHIV Stigma Index Webinar series on Wednesday July 6th, from 15h – 16:30h CET. Click here to register for the webinar!

*Spanish interpretation available / Interpretación al español disponible.


Time (CET)Description
15.00 – 15.05Welcome
15.05 – 15.15Opening remarks: NIH priorities of measuring and responding to HIV-related stigma and discrimination
– Gregory Greenwood & Paul Gaist (NIH)
15.15 – 16.00 Panel presentation:
1. Role of the International Partnership – Keren Dunaway (ICW)
2. Introducing the PLHIV Stigma Index Standardized Methodology – Pim Looze (GNP+)
3. Lessons learned from country implementations:
Nigeria – Abdulkadir Ibrahim (NEPWHAN)
Zimbabwe – Tonderai Mwareka (ZNNP+)
4. Using Stigma Index data for Global AIDS Monitoring – Victoria Bendaud (UNAIDS)
16.00 – 16.25Q&A and discussion
16.25 – 16.30Wrap-up

Speaker Bio’s

Sophie Brion (ICW Global) – Moderator
Sophie is the Director of Global Programs for the International Community of Women Living with HIV. A human rights lawyer by training, Sophie’s work is focused on the intersections of gender, human rights and reproductive justice.

Paul Gaist, PhD, MPH (NIH)
Paul Gaist is Senior Advisor to the Director in the NIH Office of AIDS Research. He leads the behavioral, social, and population health sciences area of the NIH HIV Research Program and is co-lead for HIV prevention research for his Office and the Program.  Prior to joining NIH OAR, he was an intramural researcher and program director at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), served as deputy director for HIV at the former HHS agency, the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (now SAMHSA) and has served as a senior science advisor in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Dr. Gaist has degrees in psychology and physiology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a PhD in behavioral science research and health education and an MPH in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to his work at NIH, he is on faculty as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Gregory Greenwood, PhD, MPH (NIH)
Branch Chief of the HIV Data Science, Communication and Translational Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. He continues to serve as Program Officer of the HIV Testing and Social Determinants Program. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. As Branch Chief, he provides scientific and technical leadership on the strategic planning activities and scientific research initiatives of the branch. As a Program Officer, he oversees a program focused on HIV testing and social determinants of HIV prevention and treatment, in particular intersectional stigma and discrimination. 

Keren Dunaway (ICW Global)
Keren is a young HIV activist, since the age of nine, she has been an advocate for the rights of children, adolescents and young people to achieve the goal of having a comprehensive and healthy childhood and adolescence, free of stigma and discrimination and having them integrated into public policies. She has been a member of ICW since 2006, and she is currently working at the global offices as the ICW Gender Equality Officer for the PLHIV Stigma Index. She studied Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires and believes that political advocacy needs a solid base of research and evidence.

Pim Looze (GNP+)
Pim Looze is a passionate young HIV activist. She has been involved in the HIV movement since the age of 12, together with her mother who is living with HIV and one of the founding members of ICW. Pim holds a Masters’ degree in Child Development from the University of Amsterdam. Since 2018 she has been working at GNP+ as the PLHIV Stigma Index Program Officer and is based in her hometown Amsterdam. Together with her colleagues, she coordinates the PLHIV Stigma Index globally and provides technical assistance to country teams throughout the process of implementation.

Abdulkadir Ibrahim (NEPWHAN)
Abdulkadir Ibrahim is a community and social development worker. He is currently the National Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN). He has maintained a supervisory role in all administrative departments at NEPWHAN headquarters, providing leadership to all NEPWHAN projects. He is an activist and an advocate, creating synergies with clinical care programs and the work of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Nigeria for over eight years. Ibrahim contributed to the passage and dissemination of the Anti-Discrimination Act against PLHIV in Nigeria (which was signed into law in 2014). In 2021, he served as the Principal Investigator and coordinator the Nigeria PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 in 17 States in Nigeria with support from GNP+. He also participated in research conducted by NEPWHAN, with support from GNP+ on Stigma Index, Criminalization Scan, GIPA Report Cards, and Human Rights Counts in Nigeria.

Tonderai Mwareka (ZNNP+)
A qualified Social Scientist with vast experience in HIV Prevention, Treatment and Support in Zimbabwe. Participated in the first Stigma Index Study (1.0) in Zimbabwe in 2014 and contributed to the follow-up advocacy activities. In 2021, is coordinating the Stigma Index Study (2.0) in Zimbabwe. Managed to set the study in motion by putting together the various structures like the steering committee and liaising with the International Partnership for technical guidance. Acted as a liaison between the National Network and the Research Institute to provide the necessary logistical arrangements. The Zimbabwe Stigma Index 2.0 study is nearing competition in Zimbabwe as the report is in the process of being finalized and thereafter it will be widely disseminated so that it is used as a tool to guide activities. 

Victoria Bendaud (UNAIDS)
Victoria Bendaud is an Advisor on Monitoring of Societal Enablers, Policies and Laws in the Strategic Information to Close Inequalities Practice at UNAIDS. In this position, she accompanies the development and review of indicators to monitor progress towards the societal enabler targets in the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and data analyses on stigma and discrimination, gender equality and laws and policies related to HIV. She holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.