How can we decrease stigma & discrimination around people living with HIV?
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This challenge is initiated and supported/sponsored by ViiV Healthcare.

In 2014, UNAIDS (a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) set an ambitious goal - to achieve an AIDS free generation by 2030. For this to happen, by the year 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV must be aware of their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV must be receiving treatment and 90% of all people receiving treatment, must have viral load suppression. This became known as the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target in HIV. In parallel with the three ‘90’s’, the goal is to have zero discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV).

One of the first steps towards achieving this goal will be to reduce the stigma around people living with HIV, so our ask for you is this: How can we decrease stigma and discrimination around people living with HIV and provide support to HIV positive members of your community or college?


Complete the following items in your proposal. We suggest breaking your submission into pieces that match the format below:

1. Context

A. Provide an outline of your idea

B. Why is the area of focus around your idea the most effective approach?

2. Implementation

A. What are the key steps to achieve your project’s goal?

B. What people or organizations will you partner with and how will you raise funds (if applicable) or recruit volunteers?

C. What challenges might you face?

3. Reasoning

A. Why do you think your idea will stand out and be successful in 2017?

How to write a winning response to this challenge:

A good answer will touch on most, if not, all of the above. An outstanding entry will present a unique idea, with a well thought out plan. We are not necessarily looking for a detailed essay, a short, well written and thought through answer will be just as highly rated (see grading criteria) particularly where thought is given to how to test the core assumptions of likely success cheaply and quickly.

We are looking for unique, actionable and realistic suggestions. To score highly, your idea must be concrete and well researched. You are free to provide an answer looking at the HIV positive population in general, or to focus on specific demographics, such as young people (18-24), immigrants etc. You may add visual elements if you wish (pictures, presentations etc.) We look forward to your submissions!

All submissions will be rated 1-10 based on the following criteria:

9-10 - Exceptional: A unique, creative and actionable idea, with a well written answer, addressing all areas of the question

7-8 - Very Good: Evidence of good understanding and out-of-the box thinking, addressing most areas of the question

5-6 - Noteworthy: Some good ideas present, however lacking in depth and/or uniqueness

3-4 - Weak: A basic idea, lacking in evidence and depth

1-2 - Insufficient: The question has not been addressed sufficiently or the proposed idea has been he