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  • Faith

    Religious faith plays an essential role in many black African people’s lives. Churches, mosques and other faith groups provide a social pillar in many communities. Moreover being able...

    From: HIV & UK African communities

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  • Faith in the community

    Religious faith is important to many Africans in the UK. Kerri Wells looks at the role religion plays in the lives of HIV-positive African people and the...

    From: HIV treatment update

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  • The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

    As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

    01 October 2014 | Faith Action
  • Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness of HIV among African faith groups in UK

    Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity is launching a project to provide African faith leaders with the skills and knowledge to support people living with HIV in their communities.

    09 September 2014 | Afro News
  • Papua New Guinean revivalist churches push dangerous campaign for 'faith-healing' of AIDS

    Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups.

    24 July 2014 | ABC News
  • Pope Francis: AIDS must be fought with “sexual responsibility”

    Pope Francis urged Tanzania’s bishops today to educate people “in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity” also to help prevent AIDS. The Pope’s appeal went out to those working in the healthcare apostolate who “care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS” and to “all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity.”

    09 April 2014 | La Stampa
  • Pentecostal pastors in Africa push prayer, not drugs, for people with HIV

    At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.

    09 December 2013 | Religion News Service
  • Indonesian Conservatives All Riled Up Over Condoms

    A backlash against a government campaign to emphasize the importance of condoms as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness program could hurt efforts to curb new infections in the country, campaigners have warned.

    04 December 2013 | Jakarta Globe
  • Churches join fight against HIV in Indonesia’s Papua

    Churches in Indonesia's Papua province, a Christian pocket in a mainly Muslim country, are seeking to play a bigger role in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Indonesia's most affected region, despite tensions with the government over funding, as well as philosophical differences on how to prevent the spread of HIV.

    02 December 2013 | IRIN Plus News
  • God intervened in HIV cure of baby, Hannah Gay believes

    The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention. "When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby," she said. "That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do. However, my failure in God's hands turned into a miracle. And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time."

    19 November 2013 | Baptist Press
  • South Africa: HIV/Aids holy water cure put to the test

    The Treatment Action Campaign wants the so-called 'holy water' to go under the microscope. Rebirth Family Church's Bishop Hamilton Nala claims he can cure HIV with water that he sells for at least R10. Five of his followers have come forward claiming the remedy works, but activists are now calling for clinical tests.

    06 November 2013 | eNCA
  • Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control

    Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.

    20 September 2013 | New York Times
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