Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 50–61 | Cite as

Perceived Church-Based Needs and Assets for HIV/AIDS Prevention in an Urban Nigerian Community

  • Godwin N. AjaEmail author
  • Naomi N. Modeste
  • Jerry W. Lee
  • Susanne B. Montgomery
  • Juan C. Belliard
Original Paper


Health intervention programs have the potential to use church-based assets to address a wide range of health issues. This study examined the assets Nigerian church members believed their churches needed, including the assets they thought they had to engage in HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Eight hundred and thirty members from 83 churches completed a questionnaire designed from forum focus group data. Respondents were males and females aged 18 years old and above, with primary, secondary, university, or vocational education, and were more likely to be married than single (never married), separated, divorced, widowed or remarried. The data revealed that church members needed access to health promotion assets, including the expertise of members who are health professionals to engage in HIV/AIDS prevention activities. We recommend an intensive HIV/AIDS prevention reorientation-training workshop for church leaders to ensure a sustainable plan to address HIV/AIDS prevention needs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Godwin N. Aja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Naomi N. Modeste
    • 2
  • Jerry W. Lee
    • 2
  • Susanne B. Montgomery
    • 2
  • Juan C. Belliard
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Public and Allied HealthBabcock UniversityIlishan-RemoNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Health Promotion and EducationLoma Linda University School of Public HealthLoma LindaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Global HealthLoma Linda University School of Public HealthLoma LindaUSA

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