Saints and Sinners: Training Papua New Guinean (PNG) Christian Clergy to Respond to HIV and AIDS Using a Model of Care
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Papua New Guinea has experienced a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Christian Churches have played a vital role in responding to HIV, through community support, encouragement and social change. Strong, effective Church leadership can help create safe environments of care and support for those infected and for prevention of HIV. Method A series of trainings in capacity development for clergy were undertaken by the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS)/National HIV/AIDS Support Project (NHASP). Results A model “Church’s Response to HIV and AIDS in a Care Continuum” was developed to assist the training. This paper discusses the model and the lessons learned.
KeywordsPapua New Guinea Christian clergy training HIV/AIDS prevention and care Outreach
The author acknowledges the support and enthusiasm of the staff of PNG National AIDS Council Secretariat and the National HIV/AIDS Support Project in particular Dr. Ninkama Moiya, Ms. Barbara Smith, Ms. Ilisapeci Movono; and Church leaders including Rt. Revd. Peter Fox, Pastor Apollos Yimbak, Revd. Fr. John Madigobuna, and Fr. Jude Ronayne-Forde OFM. The clergy and pastoral assistants of the many Christian denominations of PNG, who attended the trainings and provided much useful advice and comments, are also acknowledged. Thanks are due also to Dr. John Clements, Burnet Institute, Melbourne; and Dr Bronwyn Wells, Burnet Institute, Yangon for helpful advice and support on the preparation of the manuscript. The program was supported and funded by AusAID through the PNG National HIV/AIDS Support Project.
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