Ghana: Reducing HIV and AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination Among Vulnerable Groups
A Local Rights-Based Communication Strategy in Ghana
This project was designed to reduce HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in three districts of the Greater Accra Region: Dangme West, Ga West and lower Manya Krobo. Its aim was to build the capacity of religious leaders, other key local influencers (traditional leaders and opinion formers, women and youth leaders, teachers, health workers and media practitioners), and people living with HIV to challenge HIV-related stigma and discrimination. It sought to equip them to develop and implement a range of communication strategies and tools for this purpose: from theatre, music, dance, sport, competitions, community radio and TV to sermons, reflections, storytelling and testimonies. The acquired skills would enable the beneficiaries to defend the rights of people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) in Ghana, actions that would in turn contribute to eliminating stigma and discrimination against them.
The project was implemented by the Christian Council of Ghana in collaboration with World Association for Christian Communication (WACC UK) and funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) under the Civil Society Challenge Fund. This is a 3-year project, from June 2008-June 2011. The training and advocacy materials and lessons learned are important resources for other national and local organizations seeking to empower and equip community leaders to overcome HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
For more information about the project contact:
'Sara Speicher' at