Connecting local responses around the world
at Chitwan Sakriya Samuha (CSS)
Actually, today we were supposed to give orientation on Stigma and Discrimination related to HIV/AIDS.But today we applied SALT here.It was a great experience.Everybody enjoyed it.
The Enviornment was cool.All participants arrived by 11 am.Everybody in the room were informed that we are here for learning.Today they are our teacher and we are student and we are waiting to learn form their experience,feelings,struggle..etc.
They were surprised and seem very interested.Curious Smiles on their face... :)
Well,we followed the same process as we did during the visit with Female Sex Workers. http://aidscompetence.ning.com/profiles/blogs/salt-visit-by-clc-nepal-with-female-sex-workers.
"One of the community member shared that he took the decision of suicide after knowing his result of being HIV positive on 2051 B.S.But on the way to home form hospital, he saw a hoarding Board "HIV/AIDS is not END of Life". He got motivated by those words.His self confidence
increased.So he quit his decision of doing suicide.And he started getting knowledge on HIV/AIDS and having access to HIV treatment.Further more, His thoughts were so positive that helped his wife to get HIV tested and take medications.Now both are healthy and got no side effects of ART till date."
How did we applied SALT here?
S- Stimulation: Self Case reveled by Dev. Kumari Rana,and Our claps after each Sharing of their feeling were Stimulating Factor.
ir strengths,courage,Speaking capacity in mass,their ability of sharing their learning's,their contribution to motivate other people (PLHIVs) to access the treatment
L-Learn:The Hoarding Boards with correct information such as "HIV/AIDS is not end of Life". Is very motivational and encouraging factor to increase Self-Confidence and to Reduce Stigma.
T-Transfer:We shared and transferred our learning's and feelings between us.
How Can we do Better Next time?
Actually,i think we were unable to connect SALT with Stigma and Discrimination.Though th
e community shared their experience of Stigma and Discrimination (such as self-stigma and so on...)But still we feel there was something missing.
The questions we asked were:
So as we felt something was missing on our SALT visit to have connection with Stigma and Discrimination, I kindly request to provide some suggestions so that we can apply and improve our future visits.
"Lets End Stigma and Discrimination"
We all are Adorable Individual Determined to Survive...
Facilited By: Shahida Khan and Aliya Khan