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Reproductive rights are human rights. #InternationalHumanRightsDay https://t.co/K4noyWft7V

.@EngenderHealth supports the efforts towards addressing barriers to health services for adolescents & young people for achieving Universal Health Care #UHC #ICASA2019Rwanda #ICASA

#Tanzania Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, & Children, @DocFaustine, shared progress made in increasing access to health services for young people, one of them being lowering age of consent for #HIV testing from 18 to 15 years.
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Delighted to have @DocFaustine, Deputy Minister for Health #Tanzania, stop by our poster on, "Approaches to Reaching Men with HIV Services”. He emphasized a comprehensive approach for male-friendly health services. #ICASA2019Rwanda
@USAID @PEPFAR @PMIgov @Deloitte @fhi360 @MDHTZ

We are excited to be present and participate in the Global Health Landscape Symposium hosted by @GlobalHealthOrg to discuss how we can #DemocratizeGlobalHealth!
#GHLS2019

[Synthèse #RAPO19] Quelques points saillants (3)
- Investir dans la recherche pour accélérer l’ #innovation
- Renforcer la collaboration et la recherche de nouveaux #partenaires
- Renforcer la Coordination des interventions et acteurs
#PlanificationFamiliale

Welcome! We look forward to working and learning with you @CIFF @DFID_UK @EngenderHealth https://t.co/oALVfmu1WB

This week @EngenderHealth is attending #ICASA2019Rwanda on #AIDS and #STIs, learning and sharing along with partners from @USAID’s Boresha Afya Southern Zone Program in #Tanzania. cc: @PEPFAR @PMIgov @Deloitte @fhi360 @MDHTZ
#ICASA #ICASA2019

Every time a woman speaks up about her experience of sexual violence and she’s not believed, rape culture flourishes. Every time you hear a survivor’s story: 1-Listen. 2-Believe. 3-Support. https://t.co/FG2M7sWbdk #orangetheworld #GenerationEquality

Great session! One takeaway from Maria Bakaroudis of @UNFPA_ESARO: Training and supportive supervision of healthcare providers on rights and needs of people with disabilities is key for provision of respectful care & inclusive health services #ICASA2019Rwanda #ICASA2019

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Reducing Stigma and Discrimination

Stigma and discrimination are among the primary barriers to achieving universal access to HIV treatment, care, and prevention. People living with HIV often face discrimination from health providers, employers, family members, or friends. Fear of the consequences of revealing their HIV status (including being denied care, jobs, or schooling), hinders individuals from getting tested for HIV, disclosing a positive status to their partners, or accessing HIV treatment and support services. Women and girls are particularly susceptible.

In health care settings, people living with HIV report that doctors and nurses often refuse to see or treat them. This kind of discrimination results in minimal or poor quality of care, frightens away potential clients in need of care, and undermines effective HIV prevention efforts. As HIV treatment programs become increasingly available in resource-poor countries, access to and use of these lifesaving services will depend on the degree to which health facilities welcome and respect the rights of people living with HIV.

To reduce stigma and discrimination in health care settings, EngenderHealth has developed a participatory curriculum for health workers, which raises awareness among health workers about stigma and their own attitudes and behaviors and clarifies the modes of HIV transmission to alleviate fears about HIV infection. The curriculum has been used to train health workers in eight countries and is currently being used to improve health care in GhanaIndia, and Tanzania.

EngenderHealth also leads the Most At Risk Populations (MARPS) project in Ethiopia, one of few comprehensive HIV prevention initiatives focused on reaching groups that are most vulnerable to HIV, including individuals engaged in transactional sex. MARPS engages these groups by increasing their access to information about HIV and providing mobile testing, condoms, counseling, peer education, and care, among many other services.

To combat stigma and maximize the global response to AIDS EngenderHealth also helped launch the Stigma Action Network (SAN) on May 11, 2011. This coordinated global network will enable people involved in programs, research, and advocacy to act and forge new commitments locally, regionally, and globally to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

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