Faith-based groups at UN AIDS conference

first_img By Gavin DrakePosted Jul 19, 2016 Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anglican Communion, Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Anglican Communion News Service] The United Nations’ 21st International AIDS Conference got underway yesterday (Monday) as some 18,000 delegates from 183 countries gathered in Durban, South Africa. Before it began, faith-based groups from around the world held a pre-conference meeting to discuss their approach.UNAIDS say that the conference “is set to emphasize the need to build partnerships, promote community mobilization to hold leaders accountable and ensure that HIV is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“In addition, the conference will, as always, provide a showcase for experts to present new research findings, scientific developments and best practices in program implementation.”In the final session of the faith-based pre-conference, the participants re-committed themselves to ending HIV and AIDS, and to keeping up the pressure in the face of “AIDS fatigue.”“We have the science to end HIV in five years, but we don’t have the funding,” the UNAIDs’ senior advisor for faith-based organizations (FBOs), Sally Smith, told the meeting. “We need FBOs and their willingness to go the extra mile. You are called to finish the task that you started.”Smith encouraged FBOs to re-evaluate their targets and adapt to the changing face of HIV around the world. “You need to look at what you are doing. The epidemic has shifted. Have you? We need new targets — doubling the numbers on treatment; accelerating the reach of testing and ending new infections in children.”A joint session of interfaith and Catholic pre-conferences heard the stark message that children with HIV were being failed – “targets for childcare have been missed, medication is not suitable and we still need earlier infant diagnosis with half of infants infected dying within 24 months,” the World Council of Churches said.The deputy executive director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures, explained that all the U.N.’s targets on HIV and AIDS were aimed at 2020; but had been brought forward two years for children. “Children cannot wait,” he said. “HIV is coming back and it’s more selective. It increasingly follows areas of conflict, with rape used as a weapon of war.”Faith-based organizations tested more than four million children last year – an achievement that was praised by Deborah Birx, the U.S. government’s AIDS Ambassador. “When much is done, even more is expected,” she said. “We are now at a different place and the risks are more complex.“Girls are at risk because one-third to one-half are not in school in many countries and their first sex is forced or coerced. We need to work within communities of faith to teach that children should be able to grow up without being raped.”Additional reporting by the World Council of Churches. Click here to see their extensive coverage of faith-based issues and activities at AIDS 2016. Ecumenical & Interreligious, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Br. 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The National Episcopal AIDS Coalition formally concluded its many years of work as the oldest mainline church AIDS organization in June. The General Convention had decreased funding for this organization to a point where sustainability could not occur. At about the same time, the Province IV annual AIDS retreat which has attracted hundreds of participants each year, announced that this year’s retreat held at the Kanuga Conference Center, would be the last. Nearly two hundred participants from across the Southeast were in attendance. The issue for the Province IV retreat was not mainly funding but leadership willing to step up to the plate to keep the event going. No other American church had offered this kind of event for HIV+ persons and it will be greatly missed. I regret very much the loss of these national expressions of church wide concern for an epidemic that is still very much with us. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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