Zimbabwean Faith-Based Organization Launches HIV/AIDS Policy

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe on Tuesday launched an HIV/AIDS policy that seeks to assemble and share "best practices" in an effort to curb the spread of the epidemic, Xinhua/People's Daily reports. David Chiweza, chair of EFZ's HIV/AIDS commission, said the policy covers HIV prevention, transmission and care and focuses on vulnerable groups such as orphans and widows. Zimbabwe's Health and Child Welfare Minister David Parirenyatwa said, "I am happy that the church has taken this initiative in complimenting government efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS." He added that it is "commendable" that the policy adheres to the church's doctrine. EFZ is the fifth major network of faith-based organizations to draft a policy on HIV/AIDS. Zimbabwe has an HIV/AIDS prevalence of about 21%, and the epidemic has orphaned about 900,000 children in the country, Xinhua/People's Daily reports (Xinhua/People's Daily, 2/14).

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