Lessons Learnt & Promising Practices by Faith Communities
Documenting Promising Practices by faith communities on Paediatric and Adolescent HIV
The UNAIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative is collecting and documenting evidence about promising practice interventions by faith communities and groups on paediatric and adolescent HIV.
Faith Communities, including faith-inspired health service providers, faith-based organisations and religious leaders, make distinctive contributions to the paediatric and adolescent HIV response using four distinctive assets:
Service delivery through faith-inspired health service providers e.g. paediatric testing, ARV treatment, care and support using integrated and holistic family-centred approaches.
Community outreach through faith community groups e.g. supporting mothers and EMTCT or involvement of men in family-based testing, treatment, care and support
Using places of worship to create demand for HIV services e.g. supporting HIV testing through health kiosks; increasing case identification and linkage to treatment and retention through baby showers; supporting retention in care and viral load suppression through support groups
Advocacy about bottlenecks and government and private sectors’ commitments e.g. religious leaders personal commitments on testing and preaching sermons to tackle stigma; awareness raising on paediatric HIV and TB, through trainings and campaigning with religious leaders and representatives of faith communities; the Rome Paediatric HIV & TB Action Plan.
Albin Hillert / WCC
We need your help to gather information about these interventions and programmes where faith communities have had a significant impact by enabling children and adolescents to access HIV testing, treatment, care, support and prevention and that are regarded as promising practices. We are looking for documents, articles, evaluations and monitoring reports, that provide evidence of the results and impact of the promising practices and interventions. Even if you haven’t been directly involved yourself please let us know about such programmes and provide contact details for those who are involved.