Event (DC): Expanding Stigma-Reduction Strategies to Strengthen HIV Programs: The Case of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

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Don’t miss ICRW’s next Insight to Action seminar, Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m
Reducing stigma and discrimination can dramatically improve the lives of people affected by HIV. With more than 33 million people living with the virus and an estimated 2.7 million new infections in 2008, the need for intensified action has never been greater. Scaling up current efforts to reduce stigma would also optimize investments in HIV prevention, care and treatment.

However, funding realities mean prioritizing investments. And increasingly, decisions about where to invest rely on data about the likely costs and effects of programs.  So a key question is just how much does stigma-reduction interventions affect outcomes, such as preventing infections or deaths?

ICRW’s Laura Nyblade and Cathy Zimmerman of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will present new findings that estimate the potential impact of stigma on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs. Findings suggest one-third to one-half of mother-to-child transmission may be attributed to stigma.  The presenters also will discuss the facilitators and barriers to expanding the response to stigma.

When: March 31, 2010

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: ICRW, 1120 20th Street N.W., Suite 500 North Washington, D.C. 20036

This is a brown bag seminar, with drinks and light snacks provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Traci Eckhaus at teckhaus@icrw.org or call 202.742.1259.

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