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  1. Religion and sexuality: a report on faith-based responses to children's comprehensive sexuality education and information

    This research on faith-based perspectives on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (CSE & I) seeks to explore the role of African faith-leaders in providing CSE & I, specifically the extent of their current and potential involvement, and how their involvement can be enhanced.

  2. Caught in culture? Cultural transformation through HIV/AIDS prevention education in Zambia

    The study explores the role and contribution of education in developing a localized and relevant HIV/AIDS prevention strategy through a multi-voiced approach, involving the educational institutions, as well as the traditional leaders, community-members, including parents. The study comprised all public schools in one Zambian province from 2002-2008. The study explores, among other factors, the role of traditional culture in mitigating and exacerbating the spread of the disease. …

  3. Fiji's inter-faith strategy on HIV and AIDS, 2013-2017

    Fiji’s ‘Inter-Faith Strategy on HIV & AIDS’ is an important tool to guide the response of faith based organisations to the issue of HIV & AIDS. The strategy document outlines key strengths of FBO’s in Fiji and provides strategic guidance to FBO’s to work collectively and with their respective congregations to promote good health and well-being of the people of Fiji. …

  4. Nurturing enabling environments for culturally appropriate HIV and AIDS policies through informed public dialogue the case of Botswana and Zambia

    As part of UNESCO’s strategy to respond to the global HIV and AIDS epidemic, the Culture, HIV and AIDS program works to support the development of culturally appropriate policies and programming that are gender-responsive, human-rights based and built on a thorough analysis of the cultural and social specificities of those communities concerned. UNESCO’s ‘official’ definition of culture as contained in the UNESCO Mexico City Declaration on Cultural Policies (1982) reads as following: “a set of distinctive spiritual and material, intellectual and emotional characteristics which define a soci …

  5. HIV/AIDS in Armenia: a socio-cultural approach

    This publication presents the full-length review of the current situation of the epidemic in Armenia from a socio-cultural perspective.

  6. Children to the fore! An easy-to-use training handbook that promotes child rights and cultural issues in the face of HIV in southern Africa

    The aim of this handbook is to ensure that children's rights are known, recognised and respected in communities, especially in situations where they may be compromised by cultural and traditional practices - or when their realisation is threatened by the circumstances of the HIV epidemic. It offers trainers, community-based volunteers, and others working with, or on behalf of, children the knowledge and skills to integrate child rights into their programme work, so that they become effective trainers or advocates for child rights. …

  7. Making It Happen: a guide to help your congregation do HIV/AIDS work

    Ce manuel est conçu pour aider les leaders des églises et des assemblées de fidèles à développer et mettre en oeuvre un projet (lancement, planification, exécution, suivi et évaluation) pour apporter une réponse concrète à certains des défis du VIH et du SIDA. Il propose également un exemple d'atelier.

  8. Positive Voices: Religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS

    This booklet brings together the experiences of 14 African religious leaders - 12 Christians and two Muslims - who are either living with HIV or are personally affected by HIV and AIDS. The contents of this booklet are a source of inspirational experiences which individual readers can use for personal information, or to refer to in presentations, articles, sermons, interviews or workshops.

  9. Community Action on HIV and AIDS

    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.

  10. The role of religious communities in addressing gender-based violence and HIV

    This report summarizes the USAID project titled "The Role of Religious Communities in Addressing Gender-based Violence and HIV". Recognizing the importance of collaborating to prevent and reduce gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV among women and girls, the Initiative partners formulated the project to improve the capacity of religious leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to respond to GBV and its links to HIV. FBOs, religious communities and, in particular, religious leaders, are often key catalysts for positive social change. …

  11. The churches confronted with the problem of HIV/AIDS. Analysis of the situation in six countries of Eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

    The document is a study published by the World Council of Churches in 2003 to investigate the involvement of churches and ecumenical organisations in responding to HIV & AIDS in Eastern Africa. On account of the fact that they constitute a microcosm of society, and considering the vanguard and prophetic role that they have played in other areas, it should be acknowledged that churches and ecumenical organisations have a crucial role to play in the efforts aimed at controlling and eradicating the epidemic. …

  12. A cultural approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Handbook 3. Field work: building local response

    Ce manuel fait partie d'une série de quatre documents de méthodologie comprenant : 1 - Communication appropriée pour le changement de comportement; 2 - Elaboration de stratégie et de politique; 3 - Travaux sur le terrain: construire une réponse locale ; 4 - Conception et exécution de projet. Chaque manuel traite deux sujets principaux : a) Une explication générale de l'approche culturelle de l'épidémie du VIH/SIDA et b) Les niveaux d'action à considérer : Stratégie/politique, conception de projet et travaux sur le terrain. Le présent manuel analyse comment évaluer les travaux de terrain en cours et élaborer une réponse appropriée au fléau. Il fait aussi référence à des thématiques transversales contenues dans les trois autres manuels.

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