The faith-based response to HIV and AIDS has become more visible and integrated because of the increased engagement and coordination of faith-based representatives over the past International AIDS Conferences.
Two committees, convened by the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, worked together to coordinate, plan and support faith-based involvement in AIDS 2016:
Global Reference Group
- Michael J. Adee, Global Faith and Justice Project (USA)
- David Barstow, EMPACT Africa (USA)
- Astrid Berner-Rodoreda, Bread for the World, WCC-EAA HIV Strategy Group (Germany)
- Ulysses W. Burley II, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)
- Elijah Fung, St. John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre (Hong Kong)
- Beverley Haddad, CHART (South Africa)
- Muhsin Hendricks, The Inner Circle (South Africa)
- Adugna Kebede, World Vision International (Ethiopia)
- Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS) (India)
- Safari Mbewe, MANET+ (Malawi)
- Mirfin Mpundu, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (Kenya)
- Jane N. Mwaura Ng'ang'a, Kenerela+ (Kenya)
- Onomoase David Omorebokhae, Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN) (Nigeria)
- Edwin Sanders, Black AIDS Institute (USA)
Local Host Committee
- Douglas Dziva (KZN Council of Churches)
- Desmond Lambrecht (SANAC Religious Sector)
- Alison Munro (Catholic Bishops Conference)
- Bandile Ndlazi (World Vision South Africa)
- Saydon Nisa Sayed (World Council of Religions for Peace)
- Lyn van Rooyen (CABSA) – Team leader
, an ecumenical initiative of the World Council of Churches, is a global network of churches and related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns for justice and human dignity.
CABSA dreams of caring Christian communities, that are able to bring new life and hope in the areas of health, wellbeing and equality in a world affected by HIV. In order to achieve this, CABSA motivates and assists the Church to bring change through training, advocacy, knowledge management and networking.
CABSA is a faith based NGO registered in South Africa, providing services internationally, but with a specific focus on Southern Africa.