The ANW Jesuit Province incorporates Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. In Nigeria, AIDS ministry is part and parcel of many of the Jesuits’ apostolic works. In Lagos, for example, a Jesuit is chaplain at the University Teaching Hospital.
In Gidan Mangoro, Abuja, AIDS ministry has long been part of the make-up of the Loyola Jesuit College. The school helps affected students and staff, as well as residents of surrounding villages, and has a Youth Against AIDS club for students.
At St Francis secondary school, of the Jesuits, in Idimu, Lagos, there is a Youth Alive club for those students who completed the Education for Life (EFL) course – EFL is a value-based HIV prevention approach popular with the Catholic Church in Africa.
There is EFL and YA activity in two parishes run by the Jesuits too: Christ the King Parish in Ilasamaja, Lagos, and St Joseph’s Parish in Benin City. St Joseph’s has a committed Parish Action Committee on AIDS (PACA) whose volunteers visit people living with AIDS. The parish also hosts an AIDS support group, for 10 to 15 people, which meets monthly.