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New York, New York, United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA], 2007.  p.The influence behind faith-based organizations is not difficult to discern. In many developing countries, FBOs not only provide spiritual guidance to their followers; they are often the primary providers for a variety of local health and social services. Situated within communities and building on relationships of trust, these organizations have the ability to influence the attitudes and behaviours of their fellow community members. Moreover, they are in close and regular contact with all age groups in society and their word is respected. In fact, in some traditional communities, religious leaders are often more influential than local government officials or secular community leaders. Many of the case studies researched for the UNFPA publication Culture Matters showed that the involvement of faith-based organizations in UNFPA-supported projects enhanced negotiations with governments and civil society on culturally sensitive issues. Gradually, these experiences are being shared across countries andacross regions, which has facilitated interfaith dialogue on the most effective approaches to prevent the spread of HIV. Such dialogue has also helped convince various faith-based organizations that joining together as a united front is the most effective way to fight the spread of HIV and lessen the impact of AIDS. This manual is a capacity-building tool to help policy makers and programmers identify, design and follow up on HIV prevention programmes undertaken by FBOs. The manual can also be used by development practitioners partnering with FBOs to increase their understanding of the role of FBOs in HIV prevention, and to design plans for partnering with FBOs to halt the spread of the virus. (excerpt)
How to bridge the gap between policies and implementation -- is effective AIDS control presently possible in sub-Saharan Africa? [editorial]
Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2003 Sep; 8(9):765-766.The leaders of sub-Saharan states must act now, and the international community must be prepared to respond effectively to save these societies from further destruction. The international response would have to include a revision of current policies in the light of experiences gained. We need a mixed approach: support for both for ‘sustainable’ strengthening of the whole system in line with health sector reforms and non-sustainable project support for specifically directed temporary efforts in line with the thinking behind the establishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We owe this to the suffering people in these countries. We also owe it to taxpayers in industrialized countries who are both willing to pay and have a genuine desire to help. (excerpt)
AIDS on the agenda: adapting development and humanitarian programmes to meet the challenge of HIV / AIDS.
AIDS Analysis Africa. 2003 Jun-Jul; 14(1):9-10.The opportunity which mainstreaming presents to development agencies is to build on the ways in which their ordinary work contributes, indirectly, to the overall response to HIV and AIDS. They can do this by ensuring that their core work -- such as promoting food security, improving water supplies and sanitation, or extending credit -- reduces susceptibility to HIV infection and vulnerability to the impacts of AIDS. For example, development work which empowers people, particularly women and girls, and addresses gender inequality and poverty, makes them less susceptible to HIV infection. And work which strengthens communities, and enables poor households to improve their livelihood security, also makes people and societies less vulnerable to the impacts of AIDS. (excerpt)