ST FAITH’S CHURCH – HIV & AIDS STRATEGY

OUR VISION

A Community in which people live healthy lifestyle, free from HIV/AIDS.

OUR MISSION

To support the church communities to reduce the spread of HIV and to meet the challenges of AIDS. We are working to prevent HIV infection; improve access to HIV treatment, care and support; and lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalised.

OBJECTIVES

• Promote lifestyle changes that decrease the risk of acquiring HIV/AID'S and related diseases.
• Work with other stakeholders to bring the resources of the faith communities to assist in HIV/AID'S prevention and care.
• Provide people living with HIV/AIDS with information about recreational illicit drug use, interactions between recreational drugs and HIV treatments and potential impacts on immune function and nutrition.
• De-stigmatise and fight discrimination.

OUR VALUES AND CORE COMMITMENTS

Our actions are guided by the following values:


• The lives of all human beings are of equal value.
A person’s vulnerability to HIV is increased by unequal power relations arising from economic poverty and social marginalisation. Gender, religion, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, drug use and sex work are all potential factors shaping unequal power relations, human rights abuses, and vulnerability.
• Everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need.
People have the right to full and accurate information as well as to comprehensive HIV prevention programmes. People have the right to access HIV care and treatment, and appropriate health and social services. This includes HIV treatment and palliative care for those with AIDS-defining illnesses, and substitution treatment for those who are drug-dependent.