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A simulation and experiential learning intervention for labor and delivery providers to address HIV stigma during childbirth in Tanzania

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Funding Fogarty Program

Stigma HIV/AIDS

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

A simulation and experiential learning intervention for labor and delivery providers to address HIV stigma during childbirth in Tanzania

Principal Institution

University of Utah

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Watt, Melissa H; Cohen, Susanna Rose

Project Contact Information

melissa.watt@hsc.utah.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2021–2023

Country

Tanzania

Collaborators

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center

NIH Partners

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development

Project Description

The experience of HIV stigma during intrapartum care can impact women’s trust in the health care system and undermine their long-term commitment to HIV care engagement. This study will develop and pilot test a simulation-based training for labor and delivery providers, in order to support providers to deliver respectful and non-stigmatizing intrapartum care for women living with HIV. This is the first study addressing HIV stigma among labor and delivery providers, and therefore fills an important gap in the arsenal of interventions to reduce HIV stigma and improve HIV care outcomes.

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