Aneleh, Rhodé and Lyn were @ the 7th South African AIDS conference
In June, some of CABSA’s staff exchanged the cold Johannesburg and Cape Town for comfortable Durban, in order to participate in the 7th South African AIDS conference. CABSA was involved in three activities; the ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition, a satellite session and a poster presentation.
The ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition was very popular with many visitors walking in wondering what we were representing. Posters or pamphlets of their denomination triggered the interest of many visitors sparking their curiosity on how their churches were involved in the HIV epidemic.
Although the exhibition space had a strong Christian focus, we had some good conversations with Hindi and Muslim delegates and invited them to cooperate with us in the 2016 International AIDS conference in order to truly have a ‘inter-faith’ presence
For the satellite session we were very blessed to have some great speakers reflecting on their journey with HIV and the role religion played in this journey. Unfortunately, this session had less visitors than we hoped. Many reasons can be found for this, including the time of the session.
CABSA’s poster presentation (see attachement below) illustrated how CABSA’s Churches, Channels of Hope training assists faith-leaders to understand and break down HIV-stigma in their faith community.
In addition to all CABSA’s input into the conference, we also had some time to participate in different sessions, network and simply enjoy the conference.
It was an unique week in Durban in which we were able to equip delegates, but which also equipped our own staff.