PCB SIDE EVENT
The Role of African Faith Community Interventions To End Paediatric and Adolescent HIV
Palais des Nations, Room XXVII & virtual
Hosted by the PEPFAR – UNAIDS Faith Initiative
26 June 2023 - 3:00-3:45 pm CET
Date: Monday 26 June 2023
Time: 15h00-15h45, Geneva
Venue: Palais des Nations, Room XXVII. For in person participation, kindly register at https://indico.un.org/event/1004058/
Type of event: Hybrid. For virtual participants, a link will be shared upon registration
On occasion of the June session of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), the PEPFAR – UNAIDS Faith Initiative is pleased to host the side event on which will mark the Launch of the Compendium of Promising Practices on the role of African faith community interventions to end paediatric and adolescent HIV.
In this session, we delve into the remarkable journey of faith-based organizations in Africa and their incredible contribution to the fight against pediatric and adolescent HIV. Faith has always been a powerful force, bringing hope, compassion, and healing to countless lives. It is through this steadfast commitment to their communities that faith-based organizations have played a pivotal role in addressing the unique challenges faced by children and adolescents affected by HIV.
The Compendium of promising practices showcases the transformative impact of faith-based approaches, highlighting innovative strategies, programs, and interventions that have saved lives and nurtured the well-being of young individuals. By combining the power of faith with evidence-based interventions, these organizations have created a synergy that reaches far beyond mere medical treatment. They have fostered a sense of belonging, love, and support, creating safe spaces where children and adolescents affected by HIV can find solace, guidance, and empowerment.
Collaborating with faith-based organizations is not just a choice; it is a necessity. Together, we can break down the barriers that hinder access to vital health services for children and adolescents in Africa. By recognizing and leveraging the trust, influence, and moral authority that faith-based organizations hold, we can ensure that no child is left behind. By working hand in hand, we can amplify our impact, reaching the most vulnerable populations and providing them with the tools, resources, and care they need to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
Let us be inspired by the incredible work already accomplished, and let us renew our commitment to collaboration, innovation, and compassion. By forging stronger partnerships between faith-based organizations, healthcare providers, and communities, we can create a future where every child, regardless of their circumstances, has equal access to the health services that will empower them to thrive.
The event will:
Launch the Compendium of promising practices by faith communities to end paediatric and adolescent HIV in Africa.
Highlight the role that faith communities play in the HIV response to meet the needs of children and adolescents.
Discuss ways to scale-up faith communities’ future activities, particularly in initiatives such as the Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children by 2030 and Africa Reach.
Expected participants include members of UNAIDS PCB, representatives of Permanent Missions in Geneva, Civil Society Organizations, FBOs, UN agencies, people living with HIV and PCB participants.