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African Jesuit Aids Network documents its work in a book



African Jesuit Aids Network, is this week publishing a book on the experiences in the fight against the epidemic in Africa. The Jesuits say that the book is a testimony of the tireless and enduring efforts of faith-based organizations to respond to the complex challenges brought about by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It focuses particularly on the real-life situations of people and communities affected by the epidemic. Beyond the medical and logistical challenges that continue to beset Africa, the region’s unique context of poverty, conflict and inequalities has brought forward cultural and ethical issues that give the HIV experience its human dimension and highlight the need for a comprehensive response. The publication which will be launched at the meeting of the Catholic HIV and AIDS Network CHAN, that will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 16-17, October 2013, documents examples of successful community-based responses. The book can be ordered by sending an e-mail message to: books@jesuitaids.net.
Here below a full English text of the announcement by the African Jesuit Aids Network
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16/10/2013 Lancio libro sull'esperienze nella lotta contro l'epidemia in Africa (ENG)
Following thirty years of pioneering experience in caring for women, men and children affected by the HIV epidemic, AIDS 30 Years Down the Line…Faith-based Reflections about the Epidemic in Africa, shares the successes and struggles of staff and volunteers in Catholic Church-related and other faith-based organizations who have been in the frontlines in service to women, men, and children. This publication, edited by the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN), draws together rich and multi-faceted stories on the impact of the epidemic in many African countries.
The book focuses particularly on the real-life situations of people and communities affected by the epidemic. Beyond the medical and logistical challenges that continue to beset Africa, the region’s unique context of poverty, conflict and inequalities has brought forward cultural and ethical issues that give the HIV experience its human dimension and highlight the need for a comprehensive response. A wide array of contributions from social, medical, legal, human rights, and ethical specialists provides wide-ranging perspectives, while documenting examples of successful community-based responses.
The response of the Catholic Church to this pandemic is vastly unrecognized and unknown to many. In Africa, government health services often do not arrive in the most remote areas so women and children often rely on faith-based groups for pregnancy and childbirth care, immunization, and control of infectious diseases. From the onset of the HIV epidemic, these religious programmes were mobilized to provide much-needed HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and largely are supported by resources outside government funding.
The book is a testament to the tireless and enduring efforts of faith-based organizations to respond to the complex challenges brought about by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It will be launched at the meeting of the Catholic HIV and AIDS Network (CHAN)[¹] that will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 16-17, October 2013 Copies of the book can be ordered by sending an e-mail message to: books@jesuitaids.net .
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The Catholic HIV and AIDS Network (CHAN) is a network of Catholic Church-related partnership organisations from Europe, North America and Oceania that support HIV programmes throughout the world. The Caritas Internationalis Delegation to the UN in Geneva serves as the Secretariat for the network.

Contact: Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo,
Caritas Internationalis Delegation in Geneva,
Tel. +41 79 811 7983;
e-mail: bobvitillo@cs.com




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