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Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences partnered for better health in Nigeria

HIV Related Stigma and Shame in Nigerian Faith Communities

There have been suggestions and clear indications that religion, with its potentials to influence behaviours, provides opportunity that can be leveraged on to achieve HIV prevention goal by involving religious leaders at the local level. There is also evidence suggesting that religious engagement presents important potential for improving physical and psychological health and well-being of people living with HIV as religious beliefs are seen to reduce depression, increase optimism and strength in dealing with a difficult life transition like HIV infection.     Faith leaders have the advantages of robust followership, an existing platform to reach people and access to resources beyond the immediate community. Religious leaders enjoy the respect as opinion leaders in their faith congregations and communities and have the opportunity to use the pulpit to challenge destructive prejudices that reinforce stigma, and at the same time convey important information to the population to improve uptake of HIV services as people tend to listen to what their faith leaders say. However, there have been concerns of high perceptions of stigma emanating from religious communities connected with the religious narratives that associate HIV infection to “sinful” sexual behaviour. This report presents findings from an assessment on the nature and predictors in Abuja, Anambra and Benue States on HIV related stigma, discrimination and shame in Nigerian Faith Communities and how Faith leader play an important role in reducing the stigma.

National Nigeria HIV/AIDS Stigma Reduction Strategy

A strategy and guide to basic planning in the prevention and management of HIV stigma and discrimination in Nigeria. Produced and implemented by Ministries, Departments & Agencies, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Partners.

The state of governance in Nigeria: A situational analysis of Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Kaduna States

Including citizens in the governing processes of a nation is crucial to achieve sustainable social and economic development. This study looks at the state of governance in eight communities in Nigeria.

Case study - community health and HIV response Nigeria

Through the Strengthening Community Health and HIV project, Community Health Agents (CHAs) were established in project communities to educate community members on health issues and support them to adopt health seeking behaviour.

PPA Project Summary Report: strengthening community health and HIV response in Nigeria

A summary of achievements, challenges and lessons from the community health and HIV response in Nigeria, made possible through the funding support of UK aid via DFID's programme partnership agreement (PPA).

Resilience framework

Our Resilience Framework sets out how we work with partners to support communities to identify the risks they face, access resources and effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Community Health for All: case studies from around the world

Poor and marginalised people are most vulnerable to the risk of ill health, and least able to face its costs and impacts.

People Living Positively: south-to-south learning project on HIV (PLP S2SL)

Key findings from an end of project evaluation to scale up effective HIV care and support interventions in Nigeria.

Resilience case studies

The following nine case studies illustrate how we interpret resilience – as a means of putting communities and individuals at the centre of their own development.

Case study - an all-encompassing 'fruitbowl' approach in Nigeria

Providing health education to communities and households on various issues including family planning, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal and child health (MCH), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

V2P case study: claiming rights to health and education

How an advocacy group lobbied the local government to improve healthcare and education in Nigeria. Download the V2P case study

Simple guide to the Nigeria HIV Anti-Discrimination Act 2014

A simplified, faith-based interpretation of the Nigeria HIV and AIDs Anti-Discrimination Act 2014

The Right to Essential Services: our work in Nigeria

An introduction to Christian Aid's work on rights and services in Nigeria, focussing on community health and HIV.

V2P case study: ending illegal taxation

Illegal taxes imposed by illicit tax collectors have finally stopped in Mgbakwu, a small community in Anambra state, Nigeria. Download the V2P case study

Voice to the People (V2P) mid-term programme review 2011

Voice to the People (V2P) programme management response to mid-term review, July 2011. 

SAVE leaflet

A leaflet about the SAVE approach to HIV prevention.