Empowering people to protect themselves from HIV infection and to demand their rights to prevention, treatment and care.

The STAR programme has evolved out of Reflect and Stepping Stones (a participatory approach to HIV prevention). STAR is now running in over 20 countries.
Communities that are involved in the STAR programme gain information about HIV but also - more crucially - reflect upon how HIV has affected their community and how they can improve their situation. In many countries, this has meant that STAR groups have demanded (and received) more services such as HIV testing and better access to treatment. In some communities, the struggle has become political with parliamentarians becoming involved and communities taking on schools who refuse to educated HIV positive children.

Download a copy of the STAR facilitators' guide (pdf 2.2MB)