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World AIDS DAY 2012

Below are examples of actions taken by EAA members around the world for this important day.

Worship services:

Some EAA members provided various materials for worship services:

The Church of Scotland posted a set of resources “The Way, the Truth and the Life” created by Mission and Discipleship and the Church of Scotland HIV Programme to be used by churches. This set is composed of leader notes, a leaders’ service order, a service order booklet and a meditative prayer by the Rt Reverend Albert Bogle, Moderator to the Church of Scotland General Assembly 2012-2013.

CABSA together with the CARIS programme in South Africa made available online a liturgy translated in English, Afrikans and IsiXhosa and a series of World AIDS Day 2012 Statements and Reflections. 

Testimonies:

Christian Aid podcasted the personal testimony of Tharcisse Harerimana, an HIV positive Pastor and member of the newly established network BUNERELA+ (Burundi Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by AIDS ) and posted a World Aids Day 2012 set of photos as well as a meditative prayer.

Tearfund told the hopeful story of Vladimir, a HIV positive and drug addicted boy, in Russia and also highlighted the release of the report : Behind Closed Doors: the hidden story of sexual violence and drug abuse in Russia which demonstrated the links between childhood sexual abuse and adult substance abuse in Russia.

CAFOD dedicated a short film to the work of one of its partner on HIV and AIDS prevention with indigenous communities in Colombia.

Workshops:

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) posted the EAA liturgy and reflected on their work since the first appearance of the pandemic in Asia, work which notably led to the formation of an Asian Inter-faith Network for Aids (AINA). Together with the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), CCA also organized a write-shop on Asian Theological Exploration and Reflection on HIV and AIDS in November, in Nagpur, India. The aim of the write-shop was to help the churches in South Asia to reflect theologically on HIV and AIDS and to produce materials to be used by churches involved in the AIDS response. The meeting gathered 22 participants from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Advocacy messages:

World AIDS Day is a specific time to raise attention through key messages:

Through a press release, the United Church of Christ encouraged Churches to “seize the moment” and invited them to follow 5 listed actions: 1. Pray. 2. Create awareness 3. Increase HIV competencies 4. Integrate HIV response 5. Advocate. They also made available other resources such as a liturgy on “Zero Discrimination”.

The National Commission for Justice, Peace and Development (CBCI) through a message from the Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao presented their PACT project (Promoting Access to Care and Treatment) and also thanked and encouraged partner organizations, key stakeholder and other communities to continue their work toward “Getting to Zero”.

Catholic Relief Services called for a year-round care for PLHIV and provided many other resources such as material for an evening prayer service, videos, etc.


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) dismayed by the recent drop in the aids funding called on all the players to continue their active involvement in HIV response. Together with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Canadian Baptist Ministries and World Renew, it also invited churches to hold a World AIDS DAY service to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and highlight the determining role of faith.

The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) urged governments to give young people in and out of school access to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services in order to reduce their vulnerability to HIV and also demanded the increase of funding to provide treatment for young women living with HIV and to protect their right to have children free from HIV. Therefore it called upon its members and partners to influence global consultations on HIV through various advocacy actions to do during December:

The Council for World Mission expressed through a press release entitled “HIV/AIDS Pandemic A Call for Humble Prayer” the need to gather both, social and spiritual efforts, to meet the World AIDS Day 2012 goals : Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination.

Progressio reflected on its work through the perspective of a Progressio Campaigns volunteer and expressed the need to tell governments around the world to make HIV a priority for investment.

On the Caritas Blog, Caritas Internationalis gave an update of the current HIV global response including the Catholic one through the perspective of Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Special Advisor on HIV and AIDS, Caritas Internationalis.