Despite great strides in medicine, technology and behavioural interventions, HIV stigma and discrimination persist across the globe due in part to a lack of inter-sectorial dialogue and collective action. There are many groups working to combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination around the world, but for the most part, these groups work in isolation. To maximise the impact of anti-stigma efforts, there is a need for organisations and activists to share information and learning, speak with a collective voice, raise external awareness about existing best practices, and coordinate efforts for both efficiency and effectiveness. The SAN was formed to bridge these gaps.
We spent the first two years of operation as a network setting up our structure. We also focussed on establishing a website that would foster global networking across sectors on HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and that would allow users to access and share knowledge, tools and resources.
From there, our goal was to expand the Network’s global reach. Our social media scale-up is designed to make sure we are effectively reaching and engaging our key audiences – to make sure that they know about the SAN and are using our resources so that we can inspire coordinated and effective action against HIV-related stigma and discrimination at the local, regional and global levels.