Christo Greyling is a reverend in the Dutch Reformed Church. He serves as the Senior Director for Faith and External Engagement for World Vision International. He was co-responsible for the development of the Channels of Hope methodology which has catalysed over 400,000 faith leaders in 48 countries to respond to difficult development issues such as child protection, maternal and child health, HIV and gender. He is passionate to build meaningful partnerships and collaborate with faith based agencies and faith actors to meaningfully contribute towards SDG outcomes and child well-being.
Bishop William Swing is the President and Founding Trustee of URI, United Religions Initiative. URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. In this interview by Subhi Dhupar, URI Regional Coordinator, North zone, India and supervising Afghanistan, Bishop Swing shares about his inspiring vision behind the creation of the United Religions Initiative; why and how URI engages grassroots interfaith groups on different issues, including HIV; his 20 years journey of resilience and work on HIV and AIDS in the United States; finally, he encourages people from different faith and spiritual traditions to act together to become TRULY HUMANS.
“We have to have a sense of oneness to become truly humans”. Enjoy this inspiring discussion!
Jesse Milan - AIDS United
We are pleased to introduce you Jesse Milan, another amazing speaker of the HIV Interfaith Conference, Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response (virtual 22, 23 24 September 2020) (https://www.interfaith-health-platform.org/events). Jesse is an inspiring advocate for the rights, dignity and key contribution of people living with HIV to address inequality and social justice issues. In this brief interview, Jesse tells us how faith has helped him as a man living with HIV and affected by HIV and AIDS; what challenges he had to address in his early work as an AIDS activist; and what he has learned from them. He also speaks about his role in the Episcopal AIDS Coalition. Finally, he addresses what are the most important things for people of faith to do to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Jesse Milan is the President and CEO of AIDS United.
Nsofwa Sampa - Living life beyond disability, TEDxLusaka
Meet Nsofwa Petronella Sampa, a truly RESILIENT young woman from Zambia, who will share her personal journey at the HIV Interfaith Conference Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response, on 22, 23, 24 September 2020 (https://www.interfaith-health-platform.org/events) inspiring participants to recommit to a holistic and comprehensive response to HIV that acknowledges the innate dignity of every human person.
Sampa lost her sight because of TB, meningitis compounded with HIV and medication defaulting. She is an HIV activist and clinical psychological counselor. Sampa is now working with young people living with HIV and disability, and she never misses to advocate for the value and importance of treatment adherence and retention. She is currently running Positive Movement, which aims at creating an inclusive society for all.
Sampa is a recipient of the PEPFAR Champions Award and a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Don’t miss her Talk on Living Life Beyond Disability
Prof. Azza Karam, Religions for Peace - Resilience
Prof. Azza Karam shares some insights on resilience and multi-religious collaboration to address public health challenges, inviting faith representatives to join the HIV Interfaith Conference Resilience and Renewal: faith in the HIV response, which will take place virtually on 22, 23 and 24 September 2020.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam serves as the Secretary General of Religions for Peace – the largest multi-religious leadership platform with 90 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. Prof. Dr. Azza Karam biography: https://rfp.org/prof-azza-karam/