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Heart of Stigma

AIM: To support stakeholders in the HIV response to scale up efforts to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination

Information is power. The more we know and understand about stigma, and what we are up against, the easier it will be to fight it.

Kate Thomson
Head of the Community, Rights and Gender Department, The Global Fund

HIV-related stigma and discrimination continue to be major barriers to ending the HIV pandemic as a public health threat. In 2020, the IAS launched the Heart of Stigma programme to bring attention to HIV-related stigma and the effectiveness of stigma-mitigation efforts.

It does so by:

  • Enhancing country leadership and exchange through existing platforms on HIV-related stigma and discrimination
  • Supporting those working on HIV-related stigma and discrimination at a national level to self-assess progress made in eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination and determine how to address outstanding gaps
  • Disseminating the latest evidence and best practices in elimination of HIV-related stigma and discrimination at a global level


With support from:

Me and My Healthcare Provider Champions

Ramodipa Kgothatso
Jennifer Matewere
Joyce Adhiambo
Betherida Lukalanga

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The IAS promotes the use of non-stigmatizing, people-first language. The translations are all automated in the interest of making our content as widely accessible as possible. Regretfully, they may not always adhere to the people-first language of the original version.