Demonstrators demand better funding for HIV and AIDS treatment around the world. © Paul Jeffrey/WCC

Demonstrators demand better funding for HIV and AIDS treatment around the world. © Paul Jeffrey/WCC

People of faith and representatives of faith-based organizations demonstrated their commitment to meet the “Fast Track” challenges to end the AIDS epidemic at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, 18-22 July.

Extensive coverage of faith-based participation is available via Articles, video and photos will continue to be added. The following are available now:

Video recordings of press conference and informal press briefings:

Religious leaders, faith-based representatives and key global partners responding to HIV spoke to media in several press briefings about the challenges and opportunities in the faith-based response to HIV, globally and locally.

Faith and the Super Fast Track for Children living with HIV

Chip Lyons, President and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Msgr Robert Vitillo, Secretary General, International Catholic Migration Commission
Astrid Berner-Rodoreda, HIV Policy Advisor at Bread for the World, Germany
Stuart Kean, Senior Policy Adviser - Vulnerable Children and HIV & AIDS, World Vision International

Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration in the Faith-Based Response

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ, USA
Ms Sandra Thurman, chief strategy officer, PEPFAR
Ms Sally Smith, senior advisor for faith-based organizations, UNAIDS

Meeting the local and global challenges of faith response to the AIDS epidemic

Rebecca Duerst, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Anggia Ermarini, Fatayat NU (civil society organization), Indonesia
Rev. Claudia Soliette Lopez, Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope
Rev. JP Mokgethi-Heath, Policy Advisor on HIV and Theology, Church of Sweden
Rev. Fr Wilfredo Ruazol, executive assistant to the Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church
Rev. Edwin Sanders, senior servant, Metropolitan Community Church, USA

Other video highlights currently available:

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba at AIDS 2016 and other Tuesday, 19 July highlights

Highlights from the interfaith pre-conference, “Faith on the Fast Track”:

Highlights from day 1

Highlights from day 2

Marching for treatment for all

HIV, AIDS and faith in words and images

Professional photos available for free use with appropriate credit

News and features:

Social media:

Facebook: @Livethepromise

Twitter: #FaithAIDS2016

For more information please contact Sara Speicher,, +44 7821 860 723; or contact Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of communication,, +41.79.507.6363