Faith at AIDS 2016

Providing space for networking, learning and advocacy among people of faith responding to HIV and AIDS

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Faith at AIDS 2016

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. The faith-based presence at AIDS 2016 was vibrant and engaged, but even more integration is needed in the global strategy if we are to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Faith at AIDS 2016

Faith Zone in the Global Village

In addition to the Interfaith Pre-Conference, there were many programmes, spaces and activities to learn and share as people of faith during the main conference, 18-22 July.

Global Village

An interfaith networking zone at the Global Village provided a dynamic space for exchanges, resources and workshops.

Interfaith Prayer Service

An interfaith service open to all was offered at the Emmanuel Cathedral in the city of Durban during AIDS 2016 on 19 July.

Chaplains programme

Since the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (AIDS 2004), the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has led the facilitation of an Interfaith Chaplains Programme. In partnership with the International AIDS Society (IAS), a room at the conference venue was designated as Interfaith Prayer Room and was open and accessible to all conference participants. Ten interfaith chaplains led faith-based prayer and worship sessions during the conference, and were available for informal counseling and spiritual support to conference participants.

Ecumenical Media Team

A small team captured faith-based events and news with photos, videos, stories and coverage on social media.

Faith Roadmap for AIDS 2016

For the schedule of faith-related events at AIDS 2016, download the Faith Roadmap at AIDS 2016 (pdf, 375 KB). The roadmap outlines key activities, seminars, exhibitions and networking areas for faith-based participation at the International AIDS Conference in Durban 2016.

Also available for download is a booklet of activities for the Black AIDS Institute and the Community Science Empowerment Project.

Press conference and informal press briefings:

Religious leaders, faith-based representatives and key global partners responding to HIV will speak to media in several press briefings about the challenges and opportunities in the faith-based response to HIV, globally and locally.

All events were recorded:

Faith and the Super Fast Track for Children living with HIV:

Chip Lyons, President and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Msgr Robert Vitillo, Secretary General, International Catholic Migration Commission
Astrid Berner-Rodoreda, HIV Policy Advisor at Bread for the World, Germany
Stuart Kean, Senior Policy Adviser - Vulnerable Children and HIV & AIDS, World Vision International

Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration in the Faith-Based Response:

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer,
United Church of Christ, USA
Sandra Thurman, chief strategy officer, PEPFAR
Ms Sally Smith,
senior advisor for faith-based organizations, UNAIDS

Meeting the local and global challenges of faith response to the AIDS epidemic:

Rebecca Duerst, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Anggia Ermarini, Fatayat NU (civil society organization), Indonesia
Rev. Claudia Soliette Lopez,
Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope
Rev. JP Mokgethi-Heath,
Policy Advisor on HIV and Theology, Church of Sweden
Rev. Fr Wilfredo Ruazol,
executive assistant to the Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church
Rev. Edwin Sanders,
senior servant, Metropolitan Community Church, USA

Please see the AIDS 2016 Media Guide for more information.

The Cartography of HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology

Download this new and important  partially annotated bibliography (pdf 4,6 MB) put together by CHART, the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology and published January 2016.

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