Zero discrimination day is a global event which takes place on 1st March annually. This has been observed every year since 2014.
It is among global campaigns spearheaded by the joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to remind people everywhere in the World to promote and celebrate tolerance and inclusion.
Among others, is to bring together all partners, stakeholders, and victims to end up discrimination in line with the principles agreed on the United Nations Charter and Human Rights Conventions.
Testimonials and reports portray that, Tanzania like other countries; people associated with HIV are facing stigma and discriminatory movements. This hinders effective HIV and health programs and services execution.
In the commemoration of Zero Discrimination Day this year held on 1st March 2019 at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) in collaboration with National Council for People Living with HIV (NACOPHA) conducted a roundtable discussion that also brings together UNAIDS, FHI360, Pact, JSI, PASADA and other stakeholders.
In the opening remarks, Director of Communication, Jumanne Issango on behalf of the TACAIDS Director, said, the aim of the discussion was to have deep interaction from a different corner on how to abolish stigma and discrimination for People Living with HIV in Tanzania.
Testimonials from some members of NACOPHA revealed that stigma is still a problem in the entire society at different levels, suggested that more education is needed to create awareness.