23 July 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Chengertai Chifamba from Zimbabwe. 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.


The World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme helped coordinate the workshop, paving the way for participants to hear from expert speakers as well as share their own experiences and barriers to treatment adherence. Religious norms and practices will be shared from Muslim, Christian and traditional perspectives.

Small group discussions will also focus on transformative masculinities and femininities, and present strategies for holistic healing, including adopting a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.

Stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV remains one of the biggest barriers preventing people living with HIV from accessing healthcare.

The new Power of Partnerships” initiative is a two-year effort that aims to leverage global and country leadership by faith leaders and organisations to advocate for and deliver sustainable HIV responses, as well as build on the progress and results achieved by the previous 2016- 2019 initiatives.

The main objective of the workshop is to equip religious leaders with information and skills to effectively address issues of treatment adherence and faith healing, stigma, discrimination, sexual gender-based violence, and trauma, from HIV. The workshop also aims to help people  access testing, prevention, treatment, care and support.