Faith at AIDS 2016

Efforts to address the HIV and AIDs epidemic is a priority for the Lutheran World Federation and members. As such, the LWF will join the 250-strong ecumenical team for the interfaith pre-conference, Faith on the Fast Track, at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), a gathering of over 18,000 delegates from around the world. AIDS 2016 is an opportunity to show the vast and diverse faith-based response to HIV.

The LWF is pleased to have delegates attending AIDS 2016, in addition to the faith meeting.

The United Nations has an ambitious program that could see HIV infection and death rates decline steadily over the next 15 years, with AIDS being eliminated as a public health threat by 2030. However, it requires fast action. The next five years are critical.  Faith on the Fast Track shares this optimism. The faith presence at AIDS 2016 aims to:

- make sure the faith response to HIV, particularly in health care, is seen as professional, rights-based, and compassionate

- ensure the faith-based representatives learn from each other about good practices and responses to challenging issues.

- support stronger commitment and collaboration across all sectors for a rights-based approach to HIV

- ensure our network is more aware that HIV remains a priority for the churches

Our key messages

- Access to treatment for all. This is a moral imperative, as well as a medical one

- Stigma and discrimination are not acceptable and must be eliminated

- HIV must be maintained as a global focus

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WCC coverage of AIDS 2016

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Interfaith pre-conference - 16-17 July, Durban, South Africa