Overview report of stigma in the Pacific Islands

21 Nov 2018

Overview report of stigma in the Pacific Islands

This report highlights the findings from a study of stigma and discrimination in the Pacific region, funded by the Global Fund through the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index study was carried out under the leadership of the Fiji Network of People Living with HIV (FJN+) in seven countries in the Pacific region: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Palau, Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu. 

Although small in scope, the evidence gathered presents a unique insight into the situation faced by people living with HIV in the Pacific region, one that has been so rarely seen before. The evidence provides a framework for action to improve the isolation, stigma and discrimination faced by the population in the Pacific Islands and to reduce stigma and discrimination for the good of everyone.