AIDS

AJAN Youth Against AIDS training in Zimbabwe - Darrin Zammit Lupi
The full development of young people and their ability to bring about an AIDS-free society are vital in the battle against the pandemic, according to the Jesuits in Africa. In a message for World AIDS Day (tomorrow), the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) insists that young people should not be denied their potential and that a simplistic response does not adequately address the situation.“Harnessing the ability of young people to take good decisions and to act wisely and compassionately...
A section of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt
Farm Street Church will be among more than a dozen venues across London that will host the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in events for World AIDS Day on 1 December. Regarded as an irreplaceable piece of international social history, the quilt is made up of hundreds of panels which commemorate the lives of those lost to AIDS, especially at the start of the pandemic, in the 1980s and 90s.This will be the first public display of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in more than 20 years. It will start with an...
Fr Paterne Mombé SJ, Coordinator of AJAN, visits a parish in Mozambique
Jesuits and co-workers who support people suffering with HIV and AIDS in Africa have committed themselves to eliminating the pandemic by 2030. But it needs to be addressed alongside poverty and other diseases; and with the full engagement of the people of the continent themselves.Representatives from the African Jesuits AIDS Network (AJAN) were among the activists and practitioners who joined leading scientists at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Zimbabwe. This gathering...
Treatment for people living with HIV should be more accessible and more comprehensive, according to the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN). Following research done in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, AJAN says that life for these people would be much easier if they had clinics within walking distance and if they spent less time in queues that stretch for hours to get their treatment.Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania have worked hard to expand access to treatment. According to UNAIDS, at the end...
Protecting health workers against Ebola infection
“The Church’s health care apostolate in western Africa, which is suffering from Ebola at this time … is particularly important. I pray for the repose of the souls of all who have died in this epidemic, among whom are priests, men and women religious and healthcare workers who contracted this terrible disease while caring for those suffering. May God strengthen all healthcare workers there and bring an end to this tragedy!”  [Pope Francis, 23 September 2014]Jesuits...
The Jesuits are working to minimise the effects of Ebola, which has to date claimed over 1,200 lives in West Africa. The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is providing culturally sensitive information that is urgently needed to contain the swift expansion of the virus.As Ebola spreads rapidly throughout West Africa, people in affected areas are gripped by ignorance, suspicion and unreasoning fear. This has led to actions by the public that are counterproductive and harmful, the most recent...
The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is launching a campaign to promote universal access to AIDS treatment in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve improved wellbeing for people with HIV.The AJAN campaign will gauge the extent of real access of people living with HIV, not only to ARVs but to easily available and comprehensive healthcare services that guarantee proper management of their condition.Jesuit AIDS ministries, Jesuit social centres and other close partners will undertake research in some 10...
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Fr Ted is a British Jesuit who spent decades pioneering social change in Zimbabwe. Among his many achievements is his visionary response to the AIDS crisis in this country. He co-founded the Jesuit AIDS Project (JAP) in 1997 to stem the destruction caused by AIDS by reaching young people through peer education. He is currently a resident of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset. Here he reflects on the gospel reading for last Sunday in this, the fourth week of Lent.“As...