Posts Tagged ‘HIV’

AIDs patients in India turn to Catholic care Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

In Andhra Pradesh state in India, patients with AIDs have suffered discrimination in state-run hospitals and have turned to Catholic health centres. “When government hospitals refuse to treat these patients, the poor ones turn to nongovernment organisations and religious charities like Karunalayam, a Roman Catholic mission in Warangal,” stated a New York Times report. Continue Read more

Final Resolutions from Pacific Conference of Churches Comments 0

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The Pacific Conference of Churches, at the end of its tenth Assembly has passed resolutions about the following topics: Tahiti independence West Papua independence Freedom Sunday Nuclear testing Seabed mining Solidarity on mining Tourism, fishing and forestry Facilitating the concerns of members by engaging on the issue with agencies such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Read more

Fiji – Religious leaders disagree on call to legalise prostitution Comments 0

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Two senior ministers in Fiji’s Methodist Church have different views about a suggestion that the government  legalise prostitution. Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, the incoming president of the Church, is opposed to any move to legalise prostitution while Reverend Tevita Nawadra, who replaces him as general secretary, says he is in favour “Personally and, I think, the position Read more

Faith leaders across England in ‘HIV healing’ claims Comments 0

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England. Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been “healed” through prayer – and then pressured to stop Read more

Stop herbal hoax… no cure for HIV Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Traditional herbal therapy organisations and practitioners in the Pacific have been told to stop misleading people living with HIV (PLHIV). The call was made by the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation in a statement. “PIAF’s call relates to certain traditional herbal therapy organisations and religious organisations in the region that have claimed that their herbal products Read more

PNG Bishops announce “conscience objection” to condoms policy Comments 1

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands has announced its “conscientious objection” to an education ministry directive that requires high schools to distribute condoms to students. “Even if the document issued by the Ministry of Education has many positive points, we cannot be forced to follow a policy which contradicts with Read more

Catholic Church takes over care of 22,656 HIV/AIDS African patients Comments 0

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

A US faith-based organisation has handed over providing relief to HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda to the Catholic Church. As of March 1, the Uganda Episcopal Conference is partnering with Centres for Disease Control, providing care and relief to more than 22,656 patients. This follows the expiry of the Aids Relief Health Systems Strengthening project that Read more

Some health workers believe prayer a cure for AIDS Comments 0

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
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A self assessment of transmission risks in Fiji  has revealed that a number of people, including health workers, believe prayer a cure for HIV infection. Of the  respondents who voiced opinions on the matter, most expressed belief that most other Fijians believe in the efficacy of religious faith, herbal medicines, laying on of hands, Christian prayer Read more

European Parliament urges access to abortion to stop the spread of AIDS Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The European Parliament, the European Union’s representative body, has passed a resolution urging the use of abortion and contraception to stop the spread of AIDS, while making no mention of abstinence education.

The document, coded “B7-0615/2011,” which was passed December 1, addresses the European Union’s “response to HIV/AIDS in the EU and in neighboring countries,” and lists a number of measures to combat the deadly disease.

According to the document, the European Parliament “calls on the Commission and Council to ensure access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, information and supplies,” which should include “equitable and affordable access to contraceptives, including access to emergency contraception; safe and legal abortion, including post-abortion care.”

The document does not mention abstinence or abstinence education, which medical experts say is the most effective way to prevent HIV transmission.

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Vatican calls for universal access to HIV – AIDS treatments Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

To coincide with World AIDS Day, the Vatican has appealed for universal access to HIV/AIDS treatments. The statement from the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers says says World AIDS Day is a privileged moment to relaunch the fight against social prejudice and that World AIDS Day is a new opportunity to promote universal access to therapies for Read more