Up to 1,000 hospitals in Thailand are now showing a video clip to promote zero discrimination in healthcare settings. A survey of 1600 Thai healthcare workers showed that more than 60% of workers feared an HIV infection while performing routine tasks and 90% admitted to at least one stigmatizing attitude.
The clip for the zero-discrimination campaign is playing at waiting rooms, revealing how some people with HIV have overcome discrimination thanks to support from their communities. The video also features a short message from UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand Chalatit Tantiwut, who in his own right a famous singer.
“Discriminating against anybody for any reason is always out of bounds,” Chalatit said, “Making music is what I do best and I think it’s my duty to contribute to society and make some noise about zero discrimination.”
He encouraged everyone to join the Zero Discrimination movement.
Hospitals shows the video in their waiting rooms for the next four weeks with the aim of raising awareness about the rights of all patients to non-discriminatory treatment.
It is a part of the campaign conducted through the collaboration of The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
“More than 30 years since HIV was detected in Thailand, stigma still remains a major challenge,” said Dr. Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, Director-General, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. “Thailand is committed to ensuring health-care settings are safe and supportive environments.”