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To help the world’s children become HIV-free, faith groups must help bring UN goals to life through strong advocacy, rapid action and unprecedented collaboration, say experts. Children must be helped onto a “Super Fast Track” to end AIDS or they will die at what Dr Stuart Kean describes as a “shocking” rate.
The 2016 International AIDS Conference, which concluded July 22, had its normal dose of science speak, with seminars and workshops ranging from new vaccine trials to the testing of a vaginal ring that appears to dramatically lower the risk of HIV infection in women. Yet from the very first day, it was clear that science is only part of the solution, because AIDS is more than a simple virus.
Thirty years into HIV response, will the energy and drive first experienced from the faith-based sector be replaced by fatigue and burnout?
A faith-based response to the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS must be inclusive and just, said people in discussion at the Global Village at AIDS2016. “As people of faith, we need to respond to the needs of society and that response should never be governed by conditions that exclude,” said Manoj Kurian, coordinator of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. “Our treatment of people should always be with great compassion.”
Video highlights from Tuesday 19 July at the International AIDS Conference 2016, in Durban, South Africa, are now available. At AIDS 2016 on Tuesday, The Most Rev'd Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, visited the Faith Networking Zone at the Global Village, reaching out as well to those at the Sex Worker Networking Zone across the aisle.