A Firm Foundation. The PEPFAR Consultation on the Role of Faith-based Organizations in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in the Response to HIV/AIDS
This moment in time presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the ongoing effort to defeat AIDS globally. Drawing on their established networks, capacity to reach rural and hard-to-reach populations, and respected and trusted status in local communities, faith-based organizations (FBOs) are well positioned to leverage the work of local, national, and international donors. In May 2012, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) convened The PEPFAR Consultation on the Role of Faith-based Organizations in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in the Response to HIV/AIDS. This East African regional forum was held to examine the critical capacity of FBOs for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and to generate recommendations for collaborative, sustainable impact. Based on the dialogue and outputs from the Consultation, this report summarizes the insights and on-the-ground experience of 98 leaders from 58 different FBOs in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, joined by partners from government agencies in these countries and the United States.
FBOS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
With a legacy of providing health, education, and social services in East Africa for more than a century, FBOs already play a central role in caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), preventing transmission of HIV from mother-to-child and among adults, and ensuring that people with HIV receive the treatment and care needed for living healthy lives. FBOs can be a powerful force to prevent HIV transmission by making information relevant to community members and replacing stigma and discrimination with acceptance, love, and commitment.
Download document http://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/195614.pdf