Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF Sets $1 Million Target for AIDS: Strategy to Be Highlighted at General Synod

Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF Sets $1 Million Target for AIDS: Strategy to Be Highlighted at General Synod

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is beginning a major strategy designed to focus attention on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Andrew Ignatieff, director of PWRDF, told Council of General Synod (COGS) and the house of bishops that while life expectancy has generally risen around the world, in Africa it has actually declined due to the spread of AIDS.

"Since 1982, 60 million people have been infected worldwide. Fourteen million children have been orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa," he said, outlining the disproportionate impact of the disease on the African continent.

The campaign, called A Partnership for Life--A Generation Without AIDS, aims to raise $1 million from parishes, foundations and government sources. "We want to see what can be done through faith initiatives, what changes in behaviour and attitudes are required. We want to expand work on 'advocacy and action, on access to genetic drugs, on the struggle against the stigma of having AIDS," he said.

PWRDF already provides close to $500,000 in program support to HIV/AIDS work, principally in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, according to a report prepared for the fund's annual meeting Nov. 1.

The fund has also developed a liturgy booklet in connection with World MDS Day, Dec. 1. "It is hoped that this resource will be used in churches and cathedrals as a call to our conscience for concrete action by the church to struggle against HIV/AIDS in Canada as well as supporting HIV/AIDS work in eastern and southern Africa," said the report. …

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