Tor for Stigma reduction printing materials and health workers forum
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR STIGMA REDUCTION PRINTING MATERIALS AND HEALTH WORKERS FORUM
1.0 Introduction: The Somaliland National AIDS Commission (SOLNAC) is a multi-sectored Government body established by Presidential Decree No. 88 of 28 June 2005. The Commission provides leadership, coordination and strategic vision of HIV Response in the country. The main mandates of SOLNAC includes: Coordinate stakeholders in multi-sectored response to HIV and AIDS in the Country, reducing horizontal and vertical transmission, raising awareness, advocate, validate, facilitate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of national HIV & AIDS strategic plans and action plans. SOLNAC Advocacy program framework seeks to improve mainstreaming of the HIV response into the capacity building and institutional development initiatives, and promoting human rights and gender equality, as outlined in the NSP. 1.1 The General objective: • To develop, strength and build up effective epidemic National response capacities to efficiently deal with exceptional challenges posed by HIV/AIDS to life expectance and socio-economic development of the whole population in Somaliland in short term and long term. • To reduce the spread of new HIV infections and behavioral changes of vulnerable populations • National advocacy and coordination to support policy of all IPTCS Services. 1.2 Specific objectives for stigma reduction – printing materials and health workers forum: • Sensitizing healthcare workers and health environment to stigma and discrimination issues associated with HIV/AIDS affecting people living with HIV. • Providing easy accessibility to the right information for health workers, health setting clients and the general population. • Developing evidence-based materials and manuals correcting misconceptions and myths related to HIV/AIDS. • Engaging healthcare workers in validation and discussion about the prepared materials intended to illuminate HIV/AIDS realities in healthcare settings. • Distribution of the printed materials among healthcare works and health setting in Burao, Somaliland. • Inclusion of HIV test in the routine ANC as an effective method of destigmatizing HIV in the general awareness. 2.1. Rationale • The Stigma Index Survey in HIV/AIDS conducted in 2020 revealed a higher levels of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in health care settings and among health workers environment. • Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV in healthcare settings adversely affect receiving effectives counselling, therapy commencement and medication compliance. • Many people diagnosed as HIV positive become defaulters or avoid healthcare facilities in fear of confidentiality breach and stigmatizing behavior. • The healthcare workers do not receive sufficient training and sensitization about HIV/AIDS and associated stigma and discrimination in college training, post graduate internship and on job training. • 4. Targeted Group • Health worker in primary health care • Administrative members of MCHs • Primary healthcare clients • General population 5. Methodology and Deliverables The following methodology and deliverables are used for this assignment • Printing materials encompassing the following: a. 100 pieces of booklets b. Brochures (80 pieces) c. 148 Leaflets. • Organizing a forum for primary healthcare workers in discussion about the prepared materials and distribution. • Sensitizing healthcare workers to stigma and discrimination against PLHIV in health facilities, through: a. Powerpoint presentation b. Group discussions. c. Brain storming question. 6. Time-frame • The duration of the assignment is 6 days of materials development and 1 days for healthcare workers forum. 8. Expected outcomes • Sensitized and aware health workers in HIV stigma and its negative role in treatment adherence by PLHIV. • Rendering health facilities a friendly environment for people living with HIV. • Accessible right information for health workers, health facilities clients and general population. • Stigma and discrimination reduction in health care facilities and contribution to the general awareness in HIV prevention and control.