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Live the Promise: HIV Campaign

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (now a WCC ecumenical initiative) has campaigned on HIV and AIDS for over 17 years, advocating for access to treatment, eradication of stigma and discrimination, elimination of root causes of vulnerability to HIV transmission, and fulfillment of commitments by governments, intergovernmental organizations, religious leaders, faith organizations and individuals. Much progress has been made during this period to extend access to treatment, reduce transmission, improve education, and coordinate resources. But AIDS is not over – and political will to sustain progress and scale up effective responses that could eliminate HIV in the next generation seems to be faltering.

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Treatment target for children living with HIV may not be reached by 2018

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A disturbing projection regarding the number of children living with HIV was released today by UNAIDS. In 2016 there were 2.1 million children living with HIV globally, compared with a previous estimate of 1.8 million in 2015.

Workshop focuses on eliminating stigma related to HIV

Workshop focuses on eliminating stigma related to HIV

Twenty-five people took part in a workshop in Lome, Togo on 9-11 July jointly organized by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy (WCC-EHAIA) and the Church of Sweden.

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“It’s time to take action” – “Let’s make this virus powerless”

Marching through the streets of Nairobi on the Day of the African Child 2017, religious leaders from a range of faith communities in Kenya spoke up publicly for the rights of children and adolescents living with HIV, accompanied by hundreds of people, among them school children from six Nairobi-based schools, as well as dozens of youth volunteers.

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UN discussion focuses on women, HIV and property rights

UN discussion focuses on women, HIV and property rights

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Jamaican women inspired to educate communities about gender-based violence, HIV

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Gathering in Kenya explores eliminating HIV stigma through love and dialogue

Gathering in Kenya explores eliminating HIV stigma through love and dialogue

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New license could improve tuberculosis treatment for people living with HIV

New license could improve tuberculosis treatment for people living with HIV

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WCC general secretary takes HIV test, as HIV testing campaign is launched

WCC general secretary takes HIV test, as HIV testing campaign is launched

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