AJAN facilitates and coordinates efforts of Jesuits in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa through Networking, Communication, Capacity Building, Advocacy, Resource Mobilization and Fundraising.
Jesuits efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa include offering services such as HIV Care and Treatment, Psycho-social Support through Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Spiritual and Psycho-social Counseling and Integral Human Development through livelihood support and giving education sponsorship to orphans and vulnerable children affected and infected with HIV and AIDS.
AJAN through its AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth (AHAPPY) Programme seeks to empower the youth in Africa to live responsibly.
In the Central African Province (ACE), AJAN operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Centre Maisha and the Foyer Louis de Gonzague (Aloysius Gonzaga Forum) are leading AJAN HIV and AIDS Projects in Kisangani and Kikwit regions respectively.
The projects offers holistic and personalized care to people infected and affected with HIV and AIDS and also carries out HIV and AIDS Awareness activities especially among the youth by encouraging them to live positively. Other Jesuit Parishes in DRC with active HIV and AIDS Ministry include St Pierre Claver in Bukavu, Jesuit High Schools and Colleges of formation such as the faculty of philosophy of St Pierre Canisius
It brings together the present territories of the dependent Region of South Africa, the Province of Zimbabwe-Mozambique and the Province of Zambia-Malawi. The countries where the Jesuits work in this new Province are the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
In Zimbabwe, Integral Youth Development (IYD) empowers young people years in schools, colleges, orphan institutions, parishes and communities to avoid Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV infections. IYD envisions an empowered generation of young people free from HIV and AIDS who uphold love and justice for human life and are responsible members of society. Chikuni Home based Care in Zambia is also part of AJAN.
Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM) translated as ‘Good Jesus’ in Kirundi (language) supports HIV infected and affected persons. The project offers services such as HIV Treatment and Care, nutritional care, pastoral and psycho-social support, supports orphans and vulnerable children among other roles. SYM is known for its mobile clinic in reaching out to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in rural areas in Burundi.
North Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia
Eastern Africa Province (AOR) is home to AJAN Head Quarters in Nairobi. The Province has HIV and AIDS projects in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. St Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School, Children of God Relief Institute (COGRI) famously known as Nyumbani Children’s Home and Upendo OVC and Uzima Programme at St. Joseph Parish, Kangemi are key HIV and AIDS Projects in Kenya. Campion Jesuit College and Radio Kwizera are HIV and AIDS projects in Northern Uganda and Western Tanzania respectively.
The Jesuits of North-West Africa Province of the Society of Jesus comprises of five countries, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone Gambia. The Jesuits of North-West Africa Province are actively involved in various ministries in which they constantly seek the greater glory of God in Africa and in the whole world.
In Western Africa Province (AOC), HIV and AIDS Ministry is active in Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d’Ivoire and Bukina Faso. These projects include Centre Ésperance Loyola in Lome, Togo, Libermann College in Cameroon, Catholic University Centre in Bangui, Association Solidarité Vie et Santé (ASVS – Association of Solidarity, Life and Health), and the Association Bénévoles de l’Espérance (ABE – Volunteer Hope Association) in Ouagadougou, Bukina Faso and in Côte d’Ivoire, under the Christian Life Community (CLC) which has a Commission for action against AIDS.
In Madagascar Province, Centre Social Arrupe (CSA) in Antananarivo offers HIV prevention, access to treatment and care to both infected and affected by the disease.
AJAN was founded to undertake the following objectives:
- Help Jesuits in each African country where there is a presence to respond to HIV and AIDS by bringing those involved together into a task force/working group.
- Bind these national working groups to step by step into an effective continental Jesuit Network with its own voice and ability to act in a coordinated fashion.
- Develop good relations of cooperation with many other groups and associations, and with larger Church and Society of Jesus, relationships based on sharing of information, expertise and financial resource.
By these objectives, AJAN is the technical body of JCAM plenary on issues of HIV/AIDS. The AJAN team reflects, conducts research and advises the plenary on the direction and concrete actions to take in order to orient the mission of the conference regarding HIV/AIDS for greater and holistic impact with respect to the ever-evolving context.