World AIDS Day: Addressing HIV in Rural Guatemala
In Guatemala, more men are being reached with HIV prevention messages, thanks to a project funded by the UM Global AIDS Fund.
Shepherd or Sheep?
At the recent African-American Women and HIV/AIDS conference held in Columbia, South Carolina March 3-5, guest speaker Dr. Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, engaged participants with a question: “Are you the shepherd or the sheep?”
A Clarion Call to Fight HIV/AIDS
The first ever African-American Women and HIV/AIDS conference sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund opened Thursday night March 3 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
HIV in Myanmar: “I am not useless”
In a country where the challenges for the poor can seem unfathomably complex, one of the brightest spots can be found in the vision of an unlikely leader: Naw Shé Wah.
Myanmar: Empowering Sex Workers to Prevent HIV
Ma Thaw is a local community activist in Yangon, Myanmar. She uses drama and her network of friends to promote health and reverse discrimination in her community.
Armenia: Gaining a New Perspective Toward HIV
United Methodist Committee on Relief in Armenia (UMCOR Armenia) is combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by raising awareness in local communities, increasing access to screenings and treatment through mobile medical teams, and training local healthcare practitioners.
A Change of Heart in the Face of AIDS
As World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 draws near, United Methodists and friends are reminded of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, a disease that has robbed more than 33 million lives around the world.
Sexual Violence and HIV
During the war, Kabongo was a field of violence. Located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), communities in and around Kabongo lived under the constant threat of the Congolese army and rebel groups who pillaged, raped, burned homes, and confiscated food rations.
United Methodists Aim to Lift HIV/AIDS Stigma
The Rev. Shane Stanford leads what he says is “considered one of the most innovative churches in Florida.”
Church Awakens to AIDS Call
Lighten the Burden III, the third international AIDS conference held October 14-16 in Dallas, Texas, kicked off with an alarm that called the church to awaken from its silence in confronting the HIV/AIDS issue in the pews.
Global AIDS Fund Provides Help, Comfort
Purity became involved in a United Methodist-supported project that linked her with a group of 12 families in her community. The Champion Working Group, as it is known, helped her plant grass — feed for the family cow — and cultivate greens to sell for profit, sharing the income.
Church AIDS Work Makes a Difference
In rural Zimbabwe, there is not much relief — physically or emotionally — for those dying from the complications of HIV/AIDS.
Community of Hope
Asha*, 10, and her brother Kosey*, 8, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were orphaned when their parents were killed in DRC’s ongoing civil war. Displaced from their homes because of intense fighting, Asha is confused and afraid, as she watched over her younger brother, and decided to stay alongside the river.
Children Orphaned by AIDS Find Family in School
Maurine, 16 and Albert 15, half brother and sister from western Kenya, have lived on their own for two years. They lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, a disease that kills more than 33 million people worldwide.
Breaking the Silence
In Sri Lanka and parts of south Asia, issues of sexuality and HIV are considered taboo and are not to be discussed in public.