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This handbook is designed to help church leaders in dealing with social, cultural and economic issues related to the AIDS epidemic at community level. It contains sections on topics such as the sexual abuse of children, domestic violence, widow inheritance and property grabbing by relatives-issues which have been exacerbated in many African countries by the AIDS epidemic.
In 2004, a group of 44 religious leaders came together to found the Kenya Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV/AIDS (KENERELA+). The POLICY Project collaborated with World Vision to help establish the network. KENERELA+'s mission is to support religious leaders and stimulate a more active response to HIV within religious communities. The group seeks to equip, empower, and engage religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS to live positively and openly as agents of hope and change.
This manual is a capacity-building tool to help policy makers and programmers identify, design and follow up on HIV prevention programmes undertaken by FBOs. The manual explores how religious values and the power of religious leaders to mobilize communities can be used to design effective and sustainable community programmes to address HIV. It explains how to involve religious leaders in programmes to eliminate the stigma and discrimination often directed to people living with HIV and how to encourage community support and solidarity using the compassionate spirit of religion. …