This report from the siyam’kela project looks at three focus areas that play a crucial role in stigma mitigation. The first section looks at how faith-based organisations (FBOs) are influential in shaping values and attitudes to vulnerable people in society as well as developing compassionate responses to social challenges. The second section explores how government departments, as employers and providers for services, can model policies and programmes around HIV/AIDS stigma. The final section highlights how people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) who interact with the media can challenge notions of PLHAs as victims.The report outlines promising practises for HIV/AIDS stigma mitigation, and explores two types of intervention: (1) policy-related interventions that impact on HIV/AIDS stigma include: public service policy frameworks, texts and leadership in FBOs, and guidelines for media practitioners; (2) programme interventions across all fields include prevention, treatment and care. Work to challenge stigma must be ongoing, reflective and integrated into all activities. It should also involve partnerships with PLHAs at every point and at all levels of staff. While findings show that different contexts require a range of differing responses, it is possible to employ a variety of strategies to reduce stigma. [adapted from author][The origional document is no longer available from the publisher. This summary links to an alternative provider]

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