The Importance of Research

Underserved and stigmatised health burdens are usually characterised by widespread social discrimination, which, in turn, is reflected in a lack of appropriate treatment pathways which drive sufferers ever further ‘into the shadows’.

At the heart of all underserved and stigmatised health burdens lies a lack of quality information regarding both prevalence and impact.

Gede’s research activities usually focus on two specific issues related to working with and empowering those who suffer from underserved and stigmatised health burdens.

Working with partners (including Government and other civil society organisations), the Foundation's research seeks to:

  1. Clearly show both the prevalence and impact of the health burden under consideration (in addition to an assessment of the ways in which it is stigmatized).
  2. Develop approaches which engage with national networks (which suggest scale up in due course) to propose long term and cost effective ways in which to address stigma, as well as the lack of service provision.

Research also has the aim of developing the Foundation’s role as a ‘learning organisation’ and provides the material through which Gede amplifies the voice of those suffering from the impact of underserved and stigmatised health burdens.

Please return to this site to receive updates on Gede’s forthcoming work on addressing the links between stigma, common mental disorders (anxiety, depression and substance abuse) and appropriate HIV-AIDS care and support.