This month, people waiting for appointments in around 1000 hospitals in Thailand will see on hospital screens stories about people living with HIV who overcame stigma and #discrimination thanks to support from their communities.
The initiative also features a video with a short message from the popular Thai singer and UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand, Chalatit Tantiwut, in which he encourages everyone to join the zero discrimination movement.
This initiative is part of an ongoing effort by the Ministry of Thailand to tackle stigmatizing behaviours and attitudes among staff towards people living with HIV. A survey of 1600 Thai health-care workers showed that more than 60% of workers feared an HIV infection while performing routine tasks and 90% admitted to at least one stigmatizing attitude.
The Ministry of Public Health, with support from civil society, UNAIDS and @USAID, has developed a comprehensive stigma reduction programme that is gradually being scaled-up to include all public hospitals.
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