African Churches Urged to Fight Stigmatization of AIDS
May 6, 2003
In a statement released Saturday at the end of a two-day meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, the All Africa Conference of Churches called on member churches to lead the fight against the stigmatization of AIDS. "Churches should fight stigmatization of AIDS, which has proved to be the biggest impediment in the war against the disease," said outgoing interim General Secretary Melaku Kifle. "The church can no longer afford to be passive in the face of HIV/AIDS and other conflicts affecting the continent and must come to grips with African problems," said Kifle, who is being succeeded in the post by Hamilton Mvume Dandala, presiding bishop of the Methodist Church in southern Africa. "Twenty-nine million of the world's 42 million people afflicted by AIDS live in Africa, while more than 80 percent of its inhabitants live under a dollar a day, most countries are or have been rocked by strife," said the AACC's statement.Adapted from:
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