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, Psychosocial Support through Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Spiritual and Psychosocial 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. AJAN’s Resource Centre (ARC) gives various audiences a platform to access HIV and AIDS resources through its online and physical library.
In the Central African Province (ACE), AJAN operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Parlons-SIDA (Let’s talk about AIDS)- 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 amongst 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
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
Zambia & Malawi
Key HIV and AIDS Projects in these regions are St Mary’s Parish in Matero, Lusaka and Chikuni Home Based Care in Chikuni Parish, Zambia. Both the projects give HIV treatment and Home Based Care. People infected with HIV and those most vulnerable such as Orphans also benefit from income generating activities aimed at improving their livelihoods
In Zimbabwe, Integral Youth Development (IYD) empowers young people years in schools, colleges, orphan institutions, parishes and communities to avoid STIs 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.
Jesuits in South Africa are known to serve HIV and AIDS patients and people affected by the disease at St Mary’s Church, Nyanga in Cape Town. At the Holy Trinity Parish in Johannesburg, a small group of medical students run a basic clinic for the homeless. The clinic offers Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services and refers the infected persons to local clinics.
In this region, HIV and AIDS Ministry is active in Loyola Jesuit College (LJC) in Abuja, St Francis Secondary School of the Jesuits, in Idimu, Lagos, Christ the King Parish in Ilasamaja, Lagos, and St Joseph’s Parish in Benin City. HIV and AIDS related activities include Youth against AIDS Club and courses on value-based HIV prevention approaches for students. Parishes have active Action Committee on AIDS (PACA) whose volunteers visit people living with HIV and AIDS and also giving psychosocial support to already formed HIV and AIDS Support Groups at the Parishes
Rwanda & Burundi
The Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM) translated as ‘Good Jesus’ in Kirundi supports HIV infected and affected persons. The project offers services such as HIV Treatment and Care, nutritional care, pastoral and psychosocial 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.
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.
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, Psychosocial Support through Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Spiritual and Psychosocial Counseling and Integral Human Development through livelihood support and giving education sponsorship to orphans and vulnerable children affected and infected with HIV and AIDS.