CHURCHES AND THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC: ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION IN 10 WEST/CENTRAL AFRICAN COUNTRIES

By Mrs. Sanvee Kokoe Josephine, Mr Akolatse Yao Agapit, Dr Tatagan-Agbi Komla
March 2001

Despite efforts aimed at controlling it, AIDS continues to spread in an exponential manner particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. The disease, which is a serious public health and demographic problem, forms part of daily life with dire consequences for society in general and for families in particular. “ Ten times more people are killed by AIDS than war”. AIDS is indeed a catastrophe. The ravages of AIDS have thus negated several years of efforts by African countries aimed at real socio-economic development. Faced with this human drama, mobilisation is increasing world-wide in order to halt its spread and reduce its impact on socio-economic life and, in the long term eradicate it entirely.