Department of AIDS
WHAT IS OUR DEPARTMENT NAME?:
Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg AIDS Department.
AIDS Department Vision:
We are a Church Community of hope, living with HIV, and actively working with compassion for an AIDS free Society.
- We are committed to provide inspiration, support and formation to access the necessary resources for the archdiocese to respond to HIV/AIDS.
- We are dedicated to be the uniting force that fosters collaboration, partnership and commitment to the above.
OUR AIM IS TO:
The Archdiocese AIDS Department aim is to:
- To support effective implementation of HIV/AIDS policy/programmes within the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg.
- To support the holistic training; capacity building and development of programmes participants.
- To promote harmonious and coherent effort through effective coordination at all levels (Archdiocesan; Deanery and Parish level)
- To work towards behavior based change and transformation
- To engage in advocacy and lobbying with the voiceless for rights with regard to HIV/AIDS
- To build knowledge and provide analysis of existing policies in Southern Africa.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The Archdiocese AIDS Department aim is to:
- Basic & Advanced Counseling skills training
- Debriefing sessions throughout the year (5 times)
- Grief & loss sessions for new people
- Retreats for caregivers and people living with HIV/AIDS
- Healing Mass
- Personal support through our Fieldworker
- Information: AIDS Files and Pamphlets
- Referrals and other relevant material
OUR DEPT OBJECTIVE IS TO:
The primary and sole objective of the AIDS Department is:
- To carry on one or more public benefit activities within the Republic of South Africa/ Gauteng Province and in particular its Aims.
AIDS DEPARTMENT HISTORY:
The AIDS Department was established in January 2002 in response to the rising number of people living with HIV. From September 2003 a number of Ad Hoc meetings started for the specific purpose of establishing an AIDS Commission. 6 March 2004 was the Launch of the Archdiocesan Response to HIV and AIDS with about 250 representatives of Parishes present. 30 interested persons met after the launch to discuss and establish the AIDS Commission, a Management Committee was elected.
From its inception, the AIDS Office decided on a Three-pronged Christian Response program to be implemented in the about 115 parishes.
(1) Prevention: Youth being the first in order of priority and urgency
- Information about sexuality
- Education for all, especially the young and vulnerable, on how to make responsible choices.
- Involve parents to exercise their baptismal priesthood of the Domestic Church and accompany their children right through their adolescence to adulthood.
- Some of the programmes offered: LoveMatters: Bosco Youth Centre; Theology of the Body – based on talks given by Pope John Paul II; Education for Life.
(2) Mitigation: Lessening of Impact – best organized response to the pandemic.
Tasks of the AIDS Department:
- Need for further development of the programmes and provision of resources and medical skills.
- Involve medical personnel, especially retired nurses
- Cooperation with other churches and organizations caring for those living with HIV and the ones affected by it.
Some of the responses in our Archdiocese, to date
- 16 Home Based Care Projects;
- 5 Hospices;
- 4 ARV Clinics;
- 9 Health Desks;
- 7 Children’s Homes and Orphanages;
- 4 Drop-in-Centres/Feeding Schemes;
- 3 Shelters;
- 8 Education and skills development project centres.
(3) Protection of the Vulnerable:- Being the voice of the voiceless
- On local level often dealing with bureaucracy: obtaining documentation for grants and assistance of orphans and the disabled.
- Enlist helpers by encouragement
- Cooperation with Justice and Peace and a representative of J&P on our Management Committee
Assisting with procurement of documents, e.g.: ID’s, Basic Will – in this we want to work together with Justice & Peace and other relevant Offices.
DEVELOPMENT OF AIDS SCENARIO
In the 30 years since HIV/AIDS first got a name, the disease has become a devastating pandemic, taking the lives of 30 million people around the world. In 2010 alone, HIV killed 1.8 million people, 1.2 million of whom were living in sub-Saharan Africa. Through life-saving anti-retrovirals, treatment is available, yet access is not yet widespread.. Of the estimated 14.2 million HIV positive individuals in need of treatment, nearly 8 million are not currently able to access it.
New HIV infections continue to outpace those added onto antiretroviral treatment. More than 390 000 infants and children were newly infected with HIV in 2010, and 2.7 million total new HIV infections occurred in the same year – a rate relatively constant since 2006. Because individuals in their most productive years (15 – 49 years) are most commonly infected with HIV, this has a wide socio-economic impact that threatens development progress in many poor countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where 1.9 million children have been orphaned, exacerbating a social dynamic that is already deeply challenged by crime, violence and unemployment. It is said that in South Africa 10-15% of its population of 50 millions are living with HIV.
We are at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Especially in the last 10 years, there is incredible progress in understanding, prevention and treatment of this disease. Of the 6.6 million people on life-saving ART, 5 million living in sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana, Rwanda and Namibia have achieved universal access to ARV’s. Benin, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe have coverage rates between 50 & 80%.
More sophisticated treatment regimens now make it possible to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child in as many as 98% OF CASES. Nearly half of all pregnant women with HIV can now receive ARV prophylaxis for PMTCT…..
Fact is that the epidemic still outpaces response.
The need for prevention, treatment, care and support is increasing.
AIDS Department Staff Contact Details:
Vacant – AIDS Coordinator
Tel: 011 402 6400 – Cell: – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacant – Fieldworker
Vacnt – Operations Assistant
AIDS Department Contact Details:
Name: Archdiocese of Johannesburg AIDS Department
Address: 186 Nugget Street, Berea
Tel: 011 402 6400
Fax: 011 402 6406
- Parish Aids Coordinators workshop/meeting – March 28 & September 12, Saturdays 8:30 – 1:30pm, Small Hall, Cathedral.
- Retreats – May 30 & October 24, Saturdays 8:30 – 3pm, Small Hall, Cathedral.
- AGM – October 31, Saturday 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Small Hall, Cathedral.
- Mass for Healing – November 14, Saturday 10am – 12pm, Christ the King, Cathedral.