The Nation (Thailand) (09.17.12)
Aids Weekly Plus
About 10,000 Thai police officers a year will be educated about HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. The training will be given to junior police officers who have passed their examination, after which they will be appointed non-commissioned officers. Training will involve more than 22 hours of lessons over five days. At present, the new curriculum is being used to train 40 trainers. Then the trainers will participate in a pilot exercise to further refine the curriculum. Training includes basic HIV prevention, the principle of AIDS rights, understanding what it means to live with stigma and discrimination for HIV-infected individuals, and how the stigma can be addressed by police officers. A new partnership of the Royal Thai Police, the United Nations Development Program, the Foundation for AIDS Rights, and the Department of Rights Protection of the Ministry of Justice is responsible for the education program.