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Monday 21st May 2018

Africa, Faith and HIV

15th February 2007

A WHO study has identified for the first time the extent to which faith based organisations are involved in delivering HIV/AIDs care in Africa.


It concludes that they need to be seen as essential future partners by public health agencies in achieving the target of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010. 

‘Appreciating Assets: mapping, understanding, translating and engaging religious health assets in Zambia and Lesotho’ found that between 30% and 70% of the healthcare infrastructure in Africa is owned by faith organisations, which tend to have a good awareness of local need, and respond with front line care.  But the study also concluded that there is currently little collaboration with public health programmes. 

The report concludes that religious beliefs partly define help seeking behaviour amongst Africans, and the role of faith organisations in HIV/AIDs care should be encouraged and expanded further, including in areas of long term policy development.

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