AIDS Intervention Unit reduces stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV
The number of people with HIV/AIDS in Egypt remains low. However, all evidence points towards an escalating trend of the epidemic. All potential factors that can fuel the epidemic are present, especially among Most At Risk Persons (MARPs). The dominant stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV aggravates the situation and jeopardizes their (human) rights. Therefore our Aids Intervention Unit aims to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.
“Living with dignity is my right”
Stigma and discrimination are serious obstacles standing in the way of effective HIV/AIDS intervention programs. Fear of discrimination often keeps people from seeking treatment and care, or from disclosing their HIV status.
Reducing stigma and discrimination not only improves the lives of people living with HIV (PLHIV), it also optimizes investments in HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. Most efforts to address stigma are still small scale or in a pilot phase. Therefore, sustained advocacy is needed to scale up stigma reduction efforts directed at families, communities, institutions and governments.
Aids Intervention Unit
The Caritas Aids Intervention Unit (AIU) aims to:
AIU reaches its goals through:
Facts and figures
Where: All over Egypt
Period: Established in 1996 and ongoing
Budget: According to each project in the sector
Sponsors & partners: IDLO, UNODC, MISEREOR, NAP, and UNAIDS
AIDS Intervention Unit Manager