Capacity strengthening initiatives aim to strengthen key stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of human rights, gender equality and HIV, TB and malaria and ability to advocate for change. This works to empower civil society organizations and key populations to meaningfully participate in national responses to HIV, TB and malaria and to work towards removing human rights and gender-related barriers to effective responses.
The capacity of CSOs in the Pacific impacts on their ability to implement programmes to protect and promote the rights of key populations in the region. UNDP, UNICEF and UNAIDS has partnered with FJN+, a community group for people living with HIV in Fiji, to provide technical assistance, capacity building and empowerment of people living with HIV in the region. The partners have provided support to FJN+ to develop and implement a project under the Global Fund Multi Country Western Pacific Programme which includes the implementation of People Living with HIV Stigma Index Studies in 8 countries across the region. The Stigma Index studies are led by people living with HIV and empower networks of people living with HIV to investigate the nature and extent of HIV-related stigma and discrimination amongst affected persons in their region.