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HIV - AIDS Project
"Living Without Knowing ...
is a Walk in the Darkness"
There is much misinformation and fear about HIV,
especially in the more rural areas, with people assuming for instance that
apparent health in a prospective partner means that they are safe.
There is also reluctance to be tested because of the implications of a
positive test. We know, for example from reported experiences in Uganda,
that a climate of openness is an important first stage in addressing the problem
of HIV and helping people to change their behaviour patterns.
In addition to this, there are ways in which HIV
transmission for example during childbirth can be reduced by medical personnel,
and those involved need to be updated on better practices.
The plans at St Luke’s Dispensary sought to address
all of these areas. We ran a 2 year
project with CARE International, until March 2004, which will continue under
Geneva Global until March 2005..
work of VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) is one which is continuing at
St. Luke’s at present. Previous experience has shown that the uptake increases
hugely when this service is offered free rather than aiming to cover costs.
have contacts in each parish who have received a small amount of training on
HIV, but would like to strengthen this Parish network, so that we have not only
educators in the Parishes, but people equipped to provide compassionate care to
The drama group is well established in teaching Christian Drama in Parishes, but have felt the need to branch out to tackle social issues as well. This project would enable them to expand this work to reach many more Parishes.
Critical needs to be met by project
people who live in Mpwapwa are subsistence farmers and among the poorest in
local incidence of HIV at our VCT centre is 12%
Experience at St. Luke’s Dispensary shows increasing numbers treated
for HIV related illnesses.
aim to motivate people to change their behaviour to avoid infection, and also to
provide hope and support for those affected.
The Church is uniquely placed to help in this rôle with ready contacts
in each village, and a unique message of hope for those affected by the present
problems of HIV/AIDS
to be taken to meet this need
is one good way of empowering people to live well. Experience proves that VCT
uptake increases hugely when offered free rather than aiming to cover costs.
Pregnant mums can also be screened and treated appropriately.
in each Parish have received some general training on HIV, but this skill base
will be extended, to have people at village level equipped to provide
compassionate home care to those affected, with expert back up from St Luke’s.
drama group is well established in teaching Christian Drama in Parishes but sees
a pressing need to address social issues also.
This project enables them to expand this work into many more Parishes.
Participating actively in drama is an excellent way to increase
people’s engagement and understanding.
in the church will be engaged with the current HIV epidemic, and motivated to be
salt and light in the community. Fear
and stigma will turn into compassion and practical care.
50,000 will have a trained carer in their village and their youth will
have their vision changed through doing drama.
Measurable results include: -
The number counselled and tested for HIV.
The number skilled and equipped to do home care visits.
The number of families living with HIV visited and helped.