Access to Early Testing and Treatment of Children Experiences from Southern Africa
– Sr Alison Munro, OP
SACBC AIDS Office, Pretoria, South Africa, October 2009
The SACBC AIDS Office
- The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) covers twenty nine dioceses in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. Its AIDS Office attempts to co-ordinate the work of the Catholic Church in response to the AIDS pandemic in the region which continues to bear the highest burden of HIV and AIDS disease in the world.
- AIDS projects are varied and many, operating within parishes and dioceses, spearheaded often by religious sisters, providing services along a continuum of care around prevention, care and treatment, and the support of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS.
- The SACBC AIDS Office, as an umbrella body, has been fortunate to access some of the funding needed to support these initiatives, from Catholic donors, from various funders, and from PEPFAR. Other funding is accessed also by various projects themselves in support of their specific work.