Nigeria: Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication Among Faith-Based Female Leaders in Lagos State
Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS), Nigeria
Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) in churches is fuelled by a lack of openness about HIV which continues to reduce the effectiveness of HIV and AIDS interventions. This project seeks to contribute to reducing stigma and promoting open discussions about HIV within the faith-based community. Through advocacy visits, planning meetings and training in churches in Lagos, this project will bring together female church leaders, journalists, leaders of marriage counselling units in churches, and PLHIV. Key outcomes expected include increased open and informed discussions about HIV among church leadership and followers, delivery of balanced and informed counselling on HIV by marriage counselling team and the initiation by the church leadership of specific interventions aimed at addressing the stigmatisation/discrimination of PLHIV. The project is implemented by Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, a civil society organisation founded in 1997 as a platform for media activism around the issue of HIV and AIDS. JAAIDS’ mission is to contribute to the prevention, care and control of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria by providing innovative communication interventions that will facilitate positive behaviour change to reduce the spread of the pandemic.
Contact: Ms Olayide Akanni