Areas of action

Preventing social exclusion:
Creating a climate of solidarity

Sign in a tree with the inscription: Break the silence. Talk about HIV/AIDS.

Because in many coun­tries HIV is associated with deviant sexual behaviours and death, people living with HIV often suffer social exclusion. In some cases they are even discriminated against by staff in health facilities – for example by being denied tests or treat­ment. Protecting those affected is an im­por­tant objective of inter­national and German devel­op­ment policy.

Close co­op­er­a­tion between all social forces is necessary to create a social climate of solidarity with those who are infected with or their families.

For that reason, Germany supports self-help groups of sufferers in its partner coun­tries. It helps its partners to protect AIDS orphans, who are par­tic­u­lar­ly likely to suffer discrimination. German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion supports work­place programmes that comprise free advice to staff, voluntary testing and access to anti­retro­viral therapy. They are intended to help free sufferers from social isolation.

Cooperation with civil society

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), church organisations, self-help initiatives and private companies are heavily involved in the fight to halt the spread of HIV. Local and German NGOs play an im­por­tant role in prevention, treat­ment and care, in counselling and supporting families and orphaned children. German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion works in close partner­ship with these civil society organisations.

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