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West Africa: Jesuits plan future of AIDS ministry

2 April 2014 – Jesuits from West Africa analysing the AIDS ministry of their province underlined capacity-building and enhancing knowledge about HIV as main elements of their future plans. The AIDS committee of the Jesuit West African Province (AOC) met in late January in Cotonou, Benin, to undertake a painstaking analysis of current strategies. Among the emerging challenges they noted were declining knowledge about HIV; the negative impact of some cultural practices; enduring structural violence, especially against women; and the influence of global propaganda promoting an egotistic sexuality that ignores basic African values. To combat the challenges, the committee members decided to emphasise capacity-building of fellow Jesuits in the province… Read more

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