Project Activities

Phase One


Contextual Assessment and application

The purpose of the contextual assessment is to explore and identify the local sociocultural contexts and existing responses in the affected communities.  We will engage service providers, community leaders and members of affected communities in focus groups to explore their experiences and/or perspectives on HIV stigma, existing community strategies or gaps in reducing HIV stigma, and access to relevant support.  The results of Phase One will be used to inform the refinement of the ACE online intervention learning activities to promote local and community-specific relevance and increase effectiveness.

Phase Two

(2023 + ongoing mentorship)

ACE Train-the-Trainer Community Capacity Building

We will engage and build capacity among service providers and community leaders using a “train-the-trainer” capacity-building approach. ACE graduates from Phase Two will be mentored to become ACE facilitators and facilitate intervention groups of community members of the affected communities. These trained service providers and community leaders will collaborate in small teams of 4-5 members and be mentored by the principal investigators to facilitate the ACE intervention for community members in Phase Three.

Phase Three

(2023 – 2024)

ACE Training with Community Members

We will recruit about 280-300 community participants living with, affected by, or vulnerable to HIV to take part in the ACE online training to reduce stigma and promote collective resilience.