The workshops, in collaboration with the Alliance of Religious Leaders for the Integral Health and Human Being in Cote d’Ivoire and the Christian Council of Nigeria, will be held in Abidjan on 20-25 April 2021, and Nigeria on 26-30 April 2021.
The UNAIDS-PEPFAR consultations will bring together participants from WCC member churches and other faith communities, people living with HIV, adolescents and youth, people with disabilities and others. The central objective of the consultations is to reflect on the impact of exclusive claims to faith healing on HIV treatment adherence.
The consultations will examine how the faith communities can address the challenges brought by some faith leaders who discourage people living with HIV from utilizing antiretroviral therapy, thereby compromising their adherence.
Approaching the theme from a human dignity framework, the consultations will come up with concrete proposals on how to embrace more holistic and life-giving theologies in the context of HIV.
The workshops will equip religious leaders, young people and people living with HIV to utilize the “Treatment Adherence and Faith Healing in the context of HIV and AIDS in Africa Training Manual” (and other relevant home-grown tools) to effectively address stigma, discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence, trauma, life-threatening faith messages and other major obstacles that hinder people, including children, adolescents and young people, from accessing testing, prevention, treatment, care and support.
Participants will leave the workshops better equipped with life skills that will help to mobilize their religious communities on HIV treatment adherence.