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Arizona: Church Gives Aid to African Women

November 6, 2006

The 11,000-member Christ's Church of the Valley in northern Peoria wants to answer U2 singer Bono's challenge to churches to help fight HIV/AIDS globally. The church has adopted the Swazi community of Bulembu to help villagers there prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.

"If there's proper prenatal care, the right drugs and right delivery, a C-section, there is a 95 percent chance the child won't be affected by the virus," said Larrie Fraley, church missions pastor. Otherwise, the odds decrease significantly, he said.

The church is airing a videotape of an interview with Bono and unveiling its prevention efforts at its Nov. 18 and 19 services.

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The church wants to provide nutritional, medicinal and prenatal care to pregnant HIV-positive women. But first, it must hire local renovators to rehabilitate the town's 80-bed hospital, which should reopen by mid-2007. The hospital will be staffed on a short-term basis by missionary doctors, but the church's long-term hopes are to have Swazi doctors at the site. The church will also set up 11 orphanages and a church for the village of 700 people.

"Fortunately for pregnant women, the drugs are about 80 cents a dose and they need four doses, two for the mom and two for the child," said Fraley. "For under $4, you can perhaps save a child." Fraley said his job would, in the next few months, involve recruiting other churches in the effort. Fraley is hoping to raise $88,000 for the project. For more information, telephone 623-376-2444 or visit www.ccvonline.com.

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Adapted from:
Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
10.25.2006; Cecilia Chan


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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