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Southern Africa

  • This guide provides an interactive approach to provide simple tools to assist in the process of formulating realistic and context specific plan to guide the future HIV/AIDS work in the Anglican Community.
  • Booklet describing the steps involved in HIV/AIDS strategic planning for the Church.
  • Building on a participatory process that began more than a year ago with technical support from POLICY/South Africa, the Anglican Church of the Province of Southern Africa has adopted a provincial HIV/AIDS strategic plan for 2003–2006. Forged diocese-by-diocese, the plan represents the best of the Anglican Church’s collective wisdom and is designed to ensure that local approaches are used to address local concerns. Among the provisions in the document are plans to: ? Expand care and support efforts for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) through a trainer-of-trainers program involving members of the Mothers Union and the Anglican Women’s Fellowship; ? Conduct a pilot project on voluntary counseling and testing to explore the feasibility of providing these services through faith-based communities; ? Establish “Lay Leadership Training Academies” and clergy schools and training programs to build leadership skills, improve pastoral care, and strengthen commitment to address HIV/AIDS; ? Form of a committee on Sexuality Education and HIV Prevention to develop prevention programs and curricula geared toward youth; and ? Collaborate with multisectoral partners to outline a workplace policy on HIV/AIDS and catastrophic illnesses in order to help reduce stigma and discrimination. In addition, the participatory process used to develop the strategic plan is documented in a training manual so that it can be used as a model for other community- and faith-based organizations.
  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic has become a serious health and development problem in many countries around the world. The Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates the number of HIV infections worldwide at about 36.1 million by the end of 2000. About 25.3 million infected people—70 percent of the total—were in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2000 alone, 5.3 million people became newly infected with HIV. Another 21.8 million persons have already died from the disease since the beginning of the epidemic, mostly in Africa. In 2000, about 600,000 children became newly infected with HIV, nearly all of whom were infants born to HIV-infected mothers. Nine of 10 newly infected infants were in sub-Saharan Africa. The virus that causes AIDS has already infected and is infecting many Africans. About 20 percent of the entire adult population aged 15–49 is currently infected in nine southern African countries—Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This is a staggering level, and most of these people do not even know they are infected. From the beginning of the epidemic through 2000, about 4.4 million persons may have developed AIDS in southern Africa, although most of these have not been officially recorded. No cure is available for AIDS, and the disease threatens the social and economic well being of the countries.
  • English
  • This report is a summary of the existing HIV/AIDS national policies and plans among countries in SADC. It is intended to provide a snapshot of the current status of policy formulation in the region and to suggest future steps to strengthen the policy environment for an effective response to the epidemic. Much of the information in this report is derived from national HIV/AIDS policies, strategic plans, HIV/AIDS policies for specific sectors and work plans.