Workshops

During each workshop session of 90 minutes, eight workshops will run simultaneously.  All workshops are related to one of the following eight sub-themes: 

1. Children and Youth; 2.Prevention; 3. Human Rights and Public Policy; 4. Religious Leadership; 5. Care and Support;6. Treatment; 7. Vulnerable Groups; 8. Gender Relations

Workshops were constructed based on responses received to a call for proposals that was open for a two month period in early 2012. Many workshop abstracts were combined with others covering similar or complimentary topics or issues.

Workshops Overview

20Jul

Friday, 20 July – Session 1

1330-1500

Children and Youth

Young people, faith and sexuality in the context of HIV

 

Organizer: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

 

This workshop will present the findings of an initiative carried out in the southeastern United States and in South Africa that gathered young people from various faith traditions together to learn about the influence of their religious faith on their beliefs and attitudes toward sexuality and their sexual practices.

 

Based on these findings, the session will explore how we can articulate a common vision of social justice that responds to some of the current controversies within religious bodies while at the same time respecting religious traditions and public health priorities in regard to sexuality and HIV prevention and care.

 

Two young people from the US and South Africa will give their initial reactions to the study, before the discussion is opened to the wider group.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • John Blevins, Associate Research Professor, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Hussain Turk, Program Coordinator, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • Rebecca Phwitiko, President, YWCA Malawi

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Prevention Topic

Faith in Action – Equipping African American Communities to Speak Truth to Power; Ending HIV/AIDS

 

Organizer: Metropolitan Independent Church First Response Centre

Co-Organizers: Fairfax County Health Department; Cycle for Freedom

 

The workshop provides the ways in which three organizations deal with the truths regarding the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS in the African American Community, with emphasis on the engagement of Faith Leaders in cities throughout the county.  Stark realities are confronted to equip, educate and encourage action in the African American community to end the spread of HIV/AIDS.  Through training and informed dialogue the veil of silence and stigma are removed and replaced with investment in HIV/AIDS outreach, ministry and testing.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Rev. Terry Terrell, MDiv., Chief Operation Officer, First Response Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Moderator and Speaker)
  • Khafre K. Abif, MLS, Founder, Cycle for Freedom, Inc., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax Virginia Presentation
  • Rev. Edwin Sanders, Metropolitan Independent Church

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Human Rights and Public Policy

Faith and Stigma: Best Practices for Building a Stigma-Free Faith Community

 

Organizer: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA)

Co-Organizers: EMPACT Africa (EMpowering Pastors to ACT); Ezra House Publishing; St. Joseph’s Theological Institute

 

This workshop will share best practices for building a radically inclusive faith community.  Representatives from each co-leading organization will participate in a panel style discussion about ending stigmatization through evidence-based strategies for developing faith communities that are welcoming, knowledgeable and supportive of PLWHA. Panelists will offer proven methods of combating stigma in churches and congregations as well as in government, through education of lay and clergy leaders, spiritual accompaniment, and conversations around policies that fuel stigma relative to HIV/AIDS.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Ulysses Burley, ELCA (Moderator)
  • David Barstow, EMPACT Africa
  • Susan Rakoczy, St. Joseph’s Theological Institute
  • Joseph Collins, Ezra House Publishing
  • Robert Schrader, ELCA

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Religious Leadership Topic

Transforming Religious Leadership in the response to HIV

 

Organizer: Religions for Peace (RfP)

Co-Organizer: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

 

While it is increasingly recognized that faith communities are a key provider of treatment, care and support services to people living with HIV, it is also urgent that more religious leaders are acting boldly to transform the current response to HIV, giving momentum to new, effective approaches to treatment, care and prevention for all and speaking out against stigma in communities.

 

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to hear about and share their own experiences of working as and with religious leaders. It will include input from Religions for Peace on interfaith collaboration and engaging religious leaders in the response to paediatric AIDS. The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance will also present its experiences of developing – in partnership with GNP+, INERELA+ and UNAIDS, a framework for dialogue between religious leaders and people living with HIV at the national level.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Peter Prove, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (Moderator)
  • Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW);
  • Mr. Joshua Kitakule, Secretary General, Inter-religious Council of Uganda/RfPS;
  • Mr. Chris Mallouris, Consultant, EAA
  • Dr. Francis Kuria, Executive Director, Inter-religious Council of Kenya/RfP

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Care and Support Topic

Positive Communities: Best Practices for Faith-based Responses to HIV in the Former Soviet Union, Pakistan and the United States

 

Organizer: Positive Faith Initiative

Co-organizers: Catholic Relief Services; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

 

This workshop will highlight best practices for faith-based responses in three distinct world regions. Each has a unique HIV epidemic profile but all share common challenges. Stigma, marginalization, and various degrees of poverty are found in all three communities. In the countries of the Former Soviet Union, the injection drug using community is highly impacted by HIV and also highly stigmatized. In Pakistan, socio-cultural barriers and poverty present obstacles that can prevent affected persons from accessing care, treatment and support. In the United States, HIV adversely impacts low income and ethnic minority communities, especially African Americans. A panel of experts from faith-based and community-based organizations from Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States will present their respective initiatives’ findings followed by open discussion.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Rev James Matarazzo, HIV, AIDS and Religion Collaborative (HARC), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (Moderator)
  • Mr. Alexandr Curashov, Executive Director, Regional Center for Community Policies, Chisinau, Moldova
  • Mr. Roman Ledkov, Board Member, All-Russian Network of People Living with HIV, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Dr. Adil Sheraz, Senior Program Manager, Catholic Relief Services, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Ms. Lindsay Ross-Hunt, Senior Program Manager, HIV Services, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland, OR, USA

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Treatment Topic

Global Funding for HIV: the Future of FBO advocacy

 

Organizers: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Working Group (including Christian Community Health Care Foundation, Cameroon; Caritas Internationalis; Catholic Relief Services; United Methodist Committee on Relief; World Vision International)

 

After a decade of increases in funding for the international response to HIV, funding flat-lined in 2009 and decreased in 2010 by 10% (from 7.6 billion USD to 6.9 billion USD). While the factors behind this decrease are multiple, including the global economic downturn, changes in donor priorities and limited progress by national governments to invest in their country’s response to HIV, the decrease comes at a crucial time when international funding remains crucial to maintaining past gains and grasping future opportunities to bring an end to AIDS.

 

In 2012, many faith-based organizations are already experiencing the impact of funding cuts on their prevention, treatment, care and support programs and are witnessing firsthand the devastating effect on communities around the world. This workshop will therefore take stock of the current trends, challenges and opportunities with regards international funding for HIV and explore the contribution that faith-based organizations can make to advocacy efforts around funding for the global response both during AIDS 2012 and beyond.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Adam Taylor, Director of Advocacy, World Vision US
  • J. Stephen Morrison, Director, Center on Global Health Policy, and Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Winnie Ssanyu Sseruma, Advocacy and Networks Officer, Christian Aid UK
  • Michele Broemmelsiek, Chief of Party, AIDSRelief


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Vulnerable Groups

A Cross Cultural introduction to GBV, HIV, Women Engaged in Sex Work and the role of the Church

 

Organizers: Tearfund UK

Co-Organizers: Norwegian Church Aid; Beautiful Gate, USA

 

This workshop will explore interventions in three different contexts and the correlation between instances of gender-based violence (GBV) and women who are engaged in sex work and what the church is doing on this these issues.

 

Bolivia- Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV/Tearfund will present the findings of qualitative and quantitative research supported by UNAIDS and done with women living with HIV, sex workers and members of the transgendered community in Bolivia.

 

Ethiopia- The Ethiopian Evangelical Churches Mekane Yesus(EECMY): Female Sex Workers Rehabilitation Project, a project supported by Norwegian Church Aid will present their experiences and programmatic interventions that addresses comprehensive needs of female sex workers in the Ethiopian context.

USA- Beautiful Gate: Will present a comprehensive program model that addresses health/, behavioral health and social issues of women who engage in sex work.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Gracia Violeta Ross, Tearfund and Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV
  • Kidist Belayneh, Norwegian Church Aid, Ethiopia
  • Addisalem Befikadu, Norwegian Church Aid, Ethiopia
  • Renee P. Beaman, RN,  Beautiful Gate Outreach Center (BGOC)
  • Keisha Nesbitt-Cohen, Care Advocate, Beautiful Gate Outreach Center
  • Sara Yarnall, WISH Program Director, Brandywine Counselor & Community Services

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Gender Relations Topic

Marriage – A place of HIV risk or a place of safety?

 

Organizer: Loyola University Chicago

Co-Organizer: Bread for the World, Germany

 

UNAIDS has identified marriage as a risk factor for contracting HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. This workshop will present field research on Christian marriages in East Africa and the vulnerability of women to contract HIV within their marriages.

 

The workshop will also present a short film on a sero-discordant couple whose marriage is disapproved of in the community and who is eager to have their own child.

 

In the discussion we will explore how marriage is seen by the spouses and by wider society and how one can make marriage safe for the couple and for having children despite sero-discordancy.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Melissa Browning, Loyola University Chicago
  • Astrid Berner-Rodoreda, Bread for the World, Germany
  • Mishba Qureshi, Drexel University

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20Jul

Friday, 20 July – Session 2

1530-1700

Children and Youth

Addressing the Nutritional Needs of Malnourished Clients in HIV programs: Making the bes tuse of limited resources

 

Organizer: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

 

The past ten years has seen dramatic shifts in the design of nutrition programming for people living with HIV. Initially, responding to unprecedented numbers of malnourished, chronically ill adults, food assistance programs supported affected households through community-based targeting mechanisms. Gradually, many programs transitioned to a ‘Food by Prescription’ (FBP) model that began to focus on individual nutritional status through an increasing affiliation with HIV care and treatment programs. Most recently, the nutrition assessment, counseling and support (“NACS”) framework has served to sharpen the focus further, promoting widespread uptake of “nutrition assessment and counseling for all HIV clients, supported by specialized commodities for rehabilitation as required.” Integration of NACS into HIV care and treatment services requires careful consideration of each setting’s budget, context, client culture, staffing capacities, and infrastructure. The proposed workshop will provide: 1) an overview of the components of NACS; 2) a review of the science that informs NACS activities; and 3) an introduction to current thinking underpinning the cost-effective design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Confirmed speaker: Kate Greenaway (CRS)

 

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Prevention Topic

New Frontiers in HIV Prevention for Faith Communities in the US

 

Organizer: Philly Faith in Action (Brown University and Kaiser Family Foundation)

Co-Organizers: Washington DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STA and TA Administration (HAHSTA) Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAD); United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network, Inc

 

A panel will discuss innovative collaborations that engage African American clergy in HIV prevention in the US. The focus will be to highlight pioneering HIV prevention efforts and to discuss best practice models in HIV prevention that promote HIV/AIDS awareness and testing with local pastors and Imams. These models will be useful for other clergy across the country.

 

The specific topics presented in this panel will include: a media campaign that profiles Philadelphia, PA clergy in the fight against HIV/AIDS; a campaign to promote female condom use in partnership with faith-based organizations in Washington DC; and a behavioral HIV prevention intervention for faith-based settings entitled Affirming Persons-Saving Lives, which includes information about abstinence, safe sex, and delayed sexual debut that was developed for use in faith settings.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Katitia Pitts,  Washington DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STA and TA Administration (HAHSTA) Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)
  • Dr. Amy Nunn, Brown University and Philly Faith in Action
  • Pastor Jonathan Ford, Pastor, Taylor Tabernacle and Advisory Board member of Philly Faith in Action
  • Rev. Anthony W. Sullivan, Jr., United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network, Inc Presentation

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Human Rights and Public Policy

Human Rights and Theology in the context of HIV: global and interfaith dialogue

 

Organizer: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Co-Organizers: HIV, AIDS and Religions Collaborative

 

The application of a human rights lens to the HIV challenge and response draws a focus to the situation of the most vulnerable, marginalized and excluded individuals and communities. This focus accords very well with a faith-based emphasis on the dignity and value of every human being. However, fully integrating human rights into faith communities’ witness for justice has, at times and in some contexts, proved difficult.

 

This workshop will aim, therefore, to provide an opportunity to share experience of and facilitate dialogue between three faith leaders from Christian, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds and then in group discussions with pre-conference participants. The aim will be to explore the intersections between theology and human rights in the context of HIV, to develop a mutual understanding of the common values underlying human rights, and to articulate practical consequences for further and deeper collaboration in HIV response.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Julie Clague, University of Glasgow and Moderator of the HIV, AIDS and Religion Collaborative (HARC) (Moderator)
  • Rev JP Mokgethi-Heath, INERELA+
  • Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, The Center for Global Judaism
  • Dr Sohail Rana, Professor, Howard University Hospital
  • Peter Prove, EAA

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Religious Leadership Topic

Effectively Engaging Religious Leaders in Prevention

 

Organizer: The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA)

Co-Organizer: The Balm in Gilead; United Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay

 

Religious leaders have been on the frontlines of the AIDS response since its earliest days. However, they have often worked in isolation from broader public health initiatives, especially those targeting prevention. This workshop will present best practices, theological considerations, and a case study for effective engagement of religious leaders in HIV prevention. The co-hosting institutions will lead small-group breakout sessions on each topic, culminating in a large-group exchange to chart a stronger role for religious leaders in preventing HIV.
Confirmed speakers

  • Jonathan Amgott, CIFA (Moderator)
  • Saidi Mpendu, MD, MPH
  • V. AnnDenise Brown, DrPH, The Balm in Gilead
  • Valburga Schmiedt Streck, PhD, United Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay, Church of Sweden

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Care and Support Topic

The Faith Community Taking Action on Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS

 

Organizer: RESULTS/Stop TB Partnership


TB provokes fear and stigma, and it is responsible for about one-quarter of deaths among people living with HIV/AIDS.  Yet TB is curable and these deaths are avoidable. Community awareness and screening are inadequate and few people receive antibiotic treatment (IPT) to avert active TB disease. Ventilation and other methods are not adequately practiced, making health facilities potentially dangerous places.  In this workshop, experts will present practical approaches to TB-HIV co-infection that have been used successfully by faith based and community organizations.  We will also present action opportunities in relation to the Global Fund and other key actors.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • David Bryden, Stop TB Advocacy Officer, RESULTS/Stop TB Partnership (Moderator)
  • Donald E. Messer, Executive Director, Center for the Church and Global AIDS, Centennial, Colorado
  • Linda Bales Todd, Director, General Board of Church & Society, United Methodist Church, Women’s Advocacy
  • Ana Maria Ferraz de Campos, Southern Africa Regional Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services, Zambia
  • Ramon Soto, World Vision Dominican Republic
  • Hope Birungi, Co-Founder of Nagoke Youth HIV/AIDS Initiative (NYAI), Uganda

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Treatment Topic

Life and Death: Ensuring affordable and sustainable access to HIV treatment – FBO advocacy with pharmaceutical companies

 

Organizers: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance Access to Treatment Working Group (including Bread for the World; Germany; Christian Aid UK; Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Tearfund UK; United Evangelical Mission, World Vision; YMCA India)

Co-organizer: Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

 

The fact is 7.4m people (53% of those eligible) need access to ART now – and this is a matter of life and death!

 

In addition due its preventative effect for each 1% gain in access to treatment the risk of HIV transmission is reduced by 1.7%. A further 6m people could benefit from treatment as prevention – adding up to a total of 13.4m.

 

This huge challenge and opportunity means that it is vital that more work is done to increase the affordability and sustainability of treatment and thus increase access for all who need it.

 

Indeed, the demands for treatment scale-up will only continue to grow (estimated >50m people in need of treatment by 2030).

 

Advocacy to ensure that pharmaceutical companies are part of the solution is essential and this is one of the most important issues in the HIV response. This workshop will explore various ways in which faith communities can work with pharmaceutical companies to this end.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • David Deakin, Tearfund UK (Moderator) Presentation
  • Christine Mangale, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
  • Diarmaid McDonald, Stop AIDS Campaign Coordinator/UK AIDS Consortium Presentation
  • Kate Thomson, Chief of Community Mobilization,  UNAIDS Presentation
  • Sister Barbara Aires, Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey Presentation

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Vulnerable Groups

Breaking the silence: faith work at the intersections of HIV and the lives of LGBT people

 

Organizers: HRC Religion and Faith Program

Co-Organizers: INERELA+; St Paul’s Foundation; UCAN

 

This workshop seeks to speak into the silence in faith communities in relation to lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and HIV & AIDS response.

 

  • What is the landscape?
  • What is important for working in culturally and religiously competent ways?
  • What are the practical and effective ways for faith communities to address human rights and overcome stigma and discrimination, especially in relation to HIV, sexual orientation and gender identity?

 

Participants will learn about St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Uganda, as a potential model for addressing these concerns in places where it is illegal to be LGBT. The workshop will lift up experiences of dealing with HIV related stigma and discrimination in African America/Black religious communities in the United States. It will explore an approach to spirituality and sexuality as an integrative process that gets beyond a few biblical passages and nurtures a deep, authentic relationship with God. The S.A.V.E. model will also be used to examine the processes of stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and miss-action (SSDDIM) in religious structures that serve to marginalize sexual minorities and thus, further increase vulnerability.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Rev. Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program – Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Washington DC, USA
  • Bishop Christopher Ssenyojo, St. Paul’s Reconciliation Ministry, Kampala Uganda
  • Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, Compass to Compassion, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Rev. Anthony Sullivan, UCAN (United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network), Chicago, IL, USA
  • Rev. Fr. Jape Mokgethi-Heath, INERELA+, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Gender Relations Topic

Transformed Gender Relations: Incorporating Gender and Human Rights in HIV and AIDS education

 

Organizer: Canadian Churches in Action (CCA)

Co-Organizer: Frayintermedia; World Vision International

The workshop will explore practical ways faith based ministries can integrate gender and human rights into HIV and AIDS education sharing the experiences of a coalition of Canadian churches and of World Vision International both working in Africa. Gender is an underlying theme with issues of health and justice being explored through a focus on Male involvement in HIV and AIDS education and interventions, Gender Based Violence, as well as gender mainstreaming. Facilitators will lead open discussions on how the issues of Health and Gender can be improved in the areas in which the faith-based ministries operate.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Rev. Dr Rick Fee, Presbyterian Church in Canada (Moderator)
  • Paula Fray, frayintermedia/CCA Presentation
  • Thabang Meslane, Keiskamma Trust, CCA
  • Annie Kaseketi- Mwaba, Channels of Hope for Gender, World Vision Presentation

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21Jul

Saturday, 21 July – Session 3

1100-1230

Children and Youth

The Global Plan to eliminate new HIV infections in children and keep their mothers alive – the role of faith-based organizations

 

Organizer: Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS)

Co-Organizers: Caritas Internationalis; Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH)


Faith-based organizations (FBOs) can play a pivotal role in eliminating new HIV infections in children as well as reducing maternal mortality.  Successful faith-based programs for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) are often best practices that have been up-scaled to provide comprehensive services according to the 4-pronged approach as outlined in the UNAIDS Global Report.  FBOs train doctors, midwives and other health workers on how to provide optimal antenatal, obstetric and postpartum care, thereby reducing maternal mortality.

 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Pius Tih Muffih, PhD, MPH, Director of Health Services, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS), Moderator Presentation
  • Mona Bormet, MPH, CHES I Project Manager for Policy/Advocacy, Christian Connections for International Health.  Co-Moderator
  • Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis.  Co-Moderator Presentation

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Prevention Topic

The SAVE Prevention Methodology: Getting to Zero by recognizing vulnerability

 

Organizer: International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV (INERELA+)


INERELA+’s focus is empowering religious leaders to harness their influence to create healthy communities for those living with and affected by HIV. Religious leaders have a unique social capital and the challenge is to empower them to use it to tackle the underlying vulnerabilities that drive the spread of HIV infections and AIDS related deaths. Thus INERELA+ has developed the SAVE prevention methodology, which does not treat HIV as a moral issue or a sexual issue but as a vulnerability issue.

 

This methodology has four pillars: Safer Practices, Access to Treatment, Voluntary Counseling and Treatment (VTC), and Empowerment.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • The Revd. Fr JP Mokgethi-Heath, Executive Director INERELA+
  • Mrs Vanessa Michael, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, INERELA (Moderator)

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Human Rights and Public Policy

Religion and AIDS in Africa: Research, Policy and Practice

 

Organizer: International Research Network on AIDS and Religion in Africa (IRNARA)

Co-organizer: United Nations Population Fund, Ethiopia

 

This workshop will highlight recent research findings and best practices involving religious institutions and AIDS in Africa. Scholars and public health practitioners will describe their findings on the following topics: (1) the role of Zambian church leadership in framing responses to AIDS; (2) the challenges Ugandan churches face in their interactions with donor AIDS programs; (3) the role of biblical interpretation in facilitating Zimbabwean women’s empowerment against HIV/AIDS; and (4) the effects of mainstreaming HIV prevention, gender and sexual reproductive health into the teachings of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Amy Patterson, Professor of Political Science, University of the South, Tennessee, USA
  • Catrine Shroff, research fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and consultant, Nordic Consulting Group-East Africa, Kenya Presentation
  • Richard Nenge, Professor of Religious Studies, Zimbabwe Open University
  • Ayehualem Tameru (BA, MSc), UNFPA Ethiopia
  • Tekle-Ab Mekbib (MD, PhD), UNFPA Ethiopia Presentation

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Religious Leadership Topic

Unity with Diversities: Working with people who use drugs, people living with HIV and homeless people

 

Organizer: START at Westminster, Washington DC, Calvary Health, Washington DC

Co-organizer: Russian Evangelical Baptist Union, Krasnoyarsk region, Siberia, Russia

 

Leaders in three widely-recognized faith-based organizations will discuss how their religious missions called them to the scientifically-sound principles of harm reduction and the relevance of this model to other faith traditions and other communities.

 

The workshop will aim to:

  • Understand the feelings of people who were stigmatized at the time of the New Testament and the way Jesus and early Christian church treated them
  • Look at the ways Jesus restored the dignity of vulnerable people and how people responded to it
  • Consider the feelings of people who use drugs, people living with HIV and homeless people in modern times and look at the way the modern church treats them

Confirmed speakers

  • Deacon George Kerr, Deacon – START at Westminster
  • Elder Katitia Pitts, Elder – Calvary Healthcare
  • Deacon Yuri Gordeev – Russian Evangelical Baptist Union

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Care and Support Topic

Approaches to Care, Support and Stigma Reduction for People Living with and Affected by HIV in Faith Communities

 

Organizer: World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Co-organizers: CAFOD; Metropolitan Independent Church First Response Center (MICFRC)

 

This workshop will address how dignity, faith & social support is critical for people living with HIV and their communities, as it enhances their social well being and ability to access economic opportunities. During this workshop the co-leading organizations will present their research programs and experiences of providing support for people living with HIV, including spiritual accompaniment, home-based care and promoting an inclusive right- based approach which addresses stigma and discrimination at the community level.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Hendrica Okondo, World YWCA (Moderator)
  • Harriet Jones,  CAFOD
  • Yared Degefu, CAFOD Ethiopia
  • Rev Terry Terrell M Div, MICFRC
  • Beverly Johnson, MICFRC
  • Mukatimui Sitali Indopu  YWCA Zambia
  • Marcie Martin, YWCA Belize/World YWCA

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Treatment Topic

Best Practices for African and African American communities to Access HIV Treatment

 

Organizers: The Balm in Gilead

Co-organizers: Beautiful Gate; New York State Department of Health

 

The disproportionate effect of HIV/AIDS on Africans and African Americans requires the development of innovative strategies. One key strategy is the collaboration between faith communities and health service organizations which increases awareness and access to treatment services. Treatment as prevention is a paradigm shift, with recent biomedical advances (PEP, nPEP, PrEP) in HIV prevention requiring increased engagement with faith communities. This workshop compares treatment-related issues in African and African American communities, and presents transferable best practices and models that faith communities, faith-based organizations and health departments have utilized to increase awareness and access to treatment and HIV-related services.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • V. AnnDenise Brown, DrPH, MS – The Balm In Gilead Presentation
  • Saidi Mpendu, MD, MPH – The Balm In Gilead Tanzania
  • Carol O. Tyrell – New York State Department of Health,  AIDS Institute
  • Renee P. Beaman, RN  – Beautiful Gate Outreach Center (BGOC)
  • Janice Heinssen, RN, MN, Board Certified FNP, AAHIVS – Christiana Care HIV Early Intervention Service
  • William P. Mazur, MD – Infectious Disease Specialist,Christiana Care Health Systems/BGOC
  • Client   – Beautiful Gate Outreach Center (BGOC)

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Vulnerable Groups

Upholding the dignity of migrant communities

 

Organizers: St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre, Hong Kong

Co-organizers: Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) and Positive Catholics Peer Ministry (PC)  – United Kingdom; Church City Mission of Oslo, Norway

 

Today, migration is a global issue affecting all populations. This workshop will focus on topics related to migration, HIV vulnerabilities, and dignity. Speakers from Hong Kong, the UK, and Norway will share their specific experiences around reasons for migration, issues related to sexuality, gender, stigma, and discrimination in the migration process, and challenges of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in terms of HIV prevention. We will also discuss how to overcome these challenges and to create a safe space for this vulnerable population from a faith-based perspective.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Ms. Elijah Fung (moderator), Dr Siu Fung Chung (PhD), Ms. Lai Chun Yi, Maki, Ms. Lam Siu Chun, Jane, Dr. Ho Wing Chung (PHD), St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre, Hong Kong Presentation
  • Vincent Manning, Adela Mugabo and Lazarus Mugabe, Organization: Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) + Positive Catholics Peer Ministry (PC)  – United Kingdom
  • Ruth Paintsil, Girmay Assemahegn and Ina Herrestad, Church City Mission of Oslo, Norway Presentation

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Gender Relations Topic

Addressing sexual and gender-based violence and HIV through contextual Bible Study

 

Organizers: Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)/World Council of Churches (WCC)

 

The Contextual Bible Study Methodology has been used widely in sub-Saharan African and its impact positively evaluated. This has been principally through the Tamar Campaign, exploring the Bible story of the rape of Tamar, King David’s daughter, to examine the impact of sexual violence on women and the different roles played by men to worsen the impact on women. Through the process, the participants examine the Biblical example and then apply it to their own context of SGBV and HIV, identifying parallel issues and their own agenda for action.

 

This workshop will therefore provide participants with a hands-on experience of this methodology. It will also provide insight into becoming a facilitator or leader; creating a safe and sacred place for people; constructing a contextual Bible study; and planning for community-based actions and advocacy as a result of the Bible study.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Nyambura Njoroge (EHAIA/WCC)

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