The UN system launches internal campaign to fight HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the workplace in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

08 Jun 2011

Riyadh, the United Nations system is launching on  the 8th of June 2011, a global campaign called “Stigma Fuels HIV” aimed to create awareness and to fight against HIV related stigma and discrimination.

The UN system strives to become a model workplace in regard to HIV and for this reason it provides continuing training to its employees about HIV prevention, treatment and care options; and it has adopted advanced policies that ensure a fair and respectful environment.

“Stigma and discrimination are worse than HIV itself. These negative attitudes fuel the transmission of HIV and have greatly increased the negative impact associated with the epidemic. The UN strives to be an inclusive and respectful place for everyone; and we want all of our employees and family members to feel accepted and to be aware of HIV” says Dr. Riyad Musa Al-Ahmad the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia.  

HIV-related stigma can have the effect of preventing both HIV-positive and HIV-negative personnel from seeking necessary services, with the potential for a negative impact on their health and productivity.

 

Stigma can lead to discrimination and other violations of human rights which affect the well-being of people living with HIV in fundamental ways. In countries all over the world, there are well-documented cases of people living with HIV being denied the right to healthcare, work, education, and freedom of movement, among others.