CHURCHES AND THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC

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.

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Case Study – Aid for AIDS and Design for the Family

Case Study - Aid for AIDS and Design for the Family

By Sam O. Udanyi
2002

This project was officially launched on May 30th 1997 as a response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria with a special focus on “youth and family”. The ultimate goal of the project is an AIDS – free generation. The project has so far trained over 4,576 volunteers and church workers and has reached over 4,197,186 beneficiaries out of the 7,189,000 targeted to be reached within 6 years (April 1997 – March 2003). The main strategy of the project is “catching a few to reach many” using training of trainers workshops to get down to the grassroots with integrated prevention education. Through monitoring and evaluation the process is being closely checked at all levels. Partnership with 3 other organisations and intensive networking with related organisations has greatly helped our work over the years.

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Case Study – The ECAP Project

Case Study - The ECAP Project

By Benson Okyere-Manu
Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa (ESSA)
2002

ECAP stands for Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa (ESSA) Christian AIDS Programme. It is a programme aimed at preparing Evangelical Churches in and around Pietermaritzburg to respond to the HIV/AIDS crises and helps reduce its effect on people.

The dream of ECAP dates back to 1997 when ESSA, then EBSemSA (Evangelical Bible Seminary of Southern Africa), through Rev. Jim Johnston, introduced a course in “The Church and HIV/AIDS”. Reports from students revealed how rapidly the HIV/AIDS pandemic was creeping into the townships but there was no one to help. The latter part of the year 1998 was spent analysing the situation in two townships, namely Imbali and Sobantu. The situations in both the churches and the communities were astonishing. In both communities, there were a number of Myths surrounding the disease. (The worst of this is the one that having intercourse with virgins will stop AIDS.) This is one of the reasons for the rampant raping of children in these areas). The background work continued until the Department of Health, in March 1999, granted funding to begin the work.

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Case Study: HIV Story and Prayer Requests

Case Study: HIV Story and Prayer Requests

RDIS believes that the church has a central role to play in the socio- economic development of the people. The organization focuses on promoting unity and participating in the healing process of the people in the four dioceses through social transformation brought about by spiritual change and participation of the community in identifying and implementing relevant projects to overcoming their daily problems. Working through various projects is our way of communicating the gospel and God’s love to the poorest of the poor, applying integral mission and responding to the God’s call we find in Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you is to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”.

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Case Study – Project HALO strengthening community coping mechanisms

Case Study - Project HALO strengthening community coping mechanisms

By Craig Greenfield
2002

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor is an international network of Christian teams living and working in Asia’s city slums. We strive to do small things with great love - to empower the poor to help themselves. Servants entered Cambodia in 1993, under an agreement with the Ministry of Health to provide health services in the poorest district of Phnom Penh. As well as initiating a number of health and development programs, we have tried to live amongst the poor, sharing their lives, their joys and their struggles.

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A Brief Profile of Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) HIV/AIDS Programmes

A Brief Profile of Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) HIV/AIDS Programmes

By B Langkham
2002

The Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) is a national Indian not-for-profit non- governmental health organisation (NGO). Established in 1970, EHA is a federation of 19 hospitals and 26-community health and development projects. EHA works mainly among disadvantaged people in the so-called "BIMAROU"1 states of north India.

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Case Study – Aid for AIDS and Design for the Family

Case Study - Aid for AIDS and Design for the Family

By Sam Udanyi
2002

This project was officially launched on May 30th 1997 as a response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria with a special focus on “youth and family”. The ultimate goal of the project is an AIDS – free generation. The project has so far trained over 4,576 volunteers and church workers and has reached over 4,197,186 beneficiaries out of the 7,189,000 targeted to be reached within 6 years (April 1997 – March 2003). The main strategy of the project is “catching a few to reach many” using training of trainers workshops to get down to the grassroots with integrated prevention education. Through monitoring and evaluation the process is being closely checked at all levels. Partnership with 3 other organisations and intensive networking with related organisations has greatly helped our work over the years.

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Case Study – HIV/AIDS Christian Response in Zambia

Case Study - HIV/AIDS Christian Response in Zambia

By Leah Mutala
EFZ/PACWA, Zambia
September 2002

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Response to the HIV epidemic through it’s wing of the women department/PACWA (Pan African Christian Women Alliance) arose out of the challenge church women were experiencing in their ministry within the church and community. The challenge was the escalating number of orphans in the community most of whom were without care or support of any kind. It was discovered that there were more paternal orphans and usually nursing a chronically sick parent in the home and often a mother. It was very obvious that we (group of member churches - PACWA groups) were faced with two crises at hand, the HIV epidemic and it’s impact of orphanhood. The challenge was the escalating number of widows and orphans needing food for survival, education, above all love, protection, understanding and emotional support.

The church is the only institution endowed with spiritual resources to address the needs of the human heart facing terminal illness or an orphaned child trying to understand whether there is a God out there!

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