30 Jun 2010

Calling for evidence-informed advocacy on HIV prevention in Tanzania

Eight networks of people living with HIV in Tanzania, which make up the National Council for People Living with HIV and AIDS (NACOPHA), supported a study on Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention to inform the development of policies and programmes on HIV prevention with people living with HIV in Tanzania.

During a meeting from 9 to 12 March, networks highlighted the importance of educating healthcare professionals and parliamentarians on the social aspects of HIV. They welcomed the shift in thinking from focusing on transmission to addressing the comprehensive needs of people living with HIV and saw the study as an opportunity to do some evidence-informed advocacy.

During the four-day consultation and workshop, networks brainstormed research questions for the study and developed a methodology, based on their experience of undertaking the Stigma Index in Dar es Salaam.

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