Amsterdam walk HIV 2018. Chengertai Chifamba from Zimbabwe holding a pancart.

Religious leaders march through Amsterdam as part of their participation in the International AIDS Conference 2018, promoting access to testing and treatment for HIV, human rights, and the building of bridges, between faiths and between faith and other sectors for a coordinated HIV response.


Moderated by Rev. Dr Nyambura J. Njoroge, WCC’s Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy coordinator, Dr Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director of Programme at UNAIDS, and Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, Executive Director of the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV & AIDS, reflect on how response to the COVID-19 pandemic has required a finer global focus on human rights.

The speakers also offer an overview of reports from UNAIDS which will help inform churches on how to more effectively respond to people living with HIV amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key questions for reflection during the podcast include: How can governments protect human rights for people living with HIV, particularly for women and girls who, during COVID-19 lockdowns, have become increasingly at risk for new HIV infections? How can women and girls not only be a part of this response—but also help lead it?

With HIV prevention services in a precipitous decline during the COVID-19 pandemic, podcast listeners will also learn how faith communities can better serve vulnerable people. From providing young people with safe spaces for dialogue, to providing accurate information about HIV, faith communities can intervene in ways that protect people’s health.

Another key facet of the podcast features a discussion in the ways in which responding to HIV—particularly in the areas of stigma, recovery and resilience—can inform response to COVID-19.

Underlying the entire discussion will be insights into how health is intrinsically linked to human rights and human dignity.

Online prayer service on World AIDS Day 01 December 16.30 CET