Name of the activity: SCORA TWAWEZA- ZERO DISCRIMINATION
Country/NMO: Kenya (MSAKE)
Program: HIV/AIDS & Other STIs
Contact information: [email protected]
Type of the activity: Campaign. Combination of education and advocacy. Campaigns create awareness in society about a certain topic (education aspect) and try to funnel this awareness into pressure on the decision makers to adapt policies accordingly (advocacy aspect).
Stigma and discrimination against PLHIV are obstacles in the way of effective responses to HIV more so by health workers. The stigma and discrimination by healthcare workers creates shame among PLHIV and influences their decision making process and stops them from accessing voluntary counseling and testing, care support and treatment services. It increases their depression and lowers their self-esteem decreasing their adherence to antiretroviral therapy and increases the risk of them transmitting HIV to others. Understanding the
extent of stigma/ discrimination and the underlying causes is necessary for developing strategies to reduce them. Our project will not only help us analyse why, if at all PLHIV face discrimination in the healthcare sector, but will also train medical students to change this perception and empower PLHIV in various communities.
Removing stigmatization and empowering people living with HIV
Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV by healthcare workers
undermining the fundamental rights of HIV positive individuals including the right to health and freedom from inhumane or degrading treatment.
PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
Objectives and indicators of success:
To critically assess, identify and effectively tackle factors that lead to stigma and
discrimination by Kenyan medical students against people living with HIV/AIDS
(PLHIV) as well as raise communal awareness on discrimination.
To critically assess factors leading to discrimination against people living
with HIV/ AIDS by Kenyan medical students.
To give medical students a chance to see things from the other end of the
spectrum by holding an engaging forum between the future health care
workers and people living with HIV.
To raise awareness in the community concerning discrimination of people
living with HIV/ AIDS.
Ultimately, to reduce discrimination among the future medical
practitioners and the community at large against people living with
Theoretical survey/ analysis to determine the extent of discrimination faced by PLHIV through the use of questionnaires.
Training of medical student volunteers in a workshop with facilitors’ panel consisting of policy makers and PLHIV
Awareness walks to raise awareness among the community living in the respective regions.
Visit to PLHIV support groups in Kisumu. This will be an interactive session
between volunteers and support group members to provide insight into
their plight and together, come up with possible solutions to curb
Online campaign on SCORA and MSAKE social media platforms with the aim of raising awareness on the best ways to curb discrimination.
Medical students’ sensitization on issues of discrimination against PLHIV
sessions across the country, in all 9 medical universities under MSAKE
with the aim of getting more students across the country to get involved
in the 2nd phase of the project, community outreach in schools or youth centres.
Plans for evaluation:
1. Pre and post evaluation: Questionnaires will be administered to
the members attending the workshop to measure impact of the workshop.
2. Report writing: Evaluation of achievement of our objectives will
largely be done using reports sent by lead volunteers from each
3. Financial audit: This will be done internally by the treasurer in the
working group at the end of every phase and externally by the
MSAKE Finance Officer at the end of the project.
4. SWOT analysis: At the end of the every phase of the project, the
working group will spend its last meeting by analysing the outcome of
the entire activity through SWOT systems. This will enable us to
remodel the next phase to address the short comings identified in the
5. Collection of feedback: This will be done largely through word of
mouth from support group chairpersons, questionnaires
administered to volunteers, medical and high school students and
reports from our lead volunteers.