HIV & AIDS

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – SOUTH EASTERN DIOCESE. HIV & AIDS PROGRAMME MID – YEAR REPORT   319 Esther Roberts Street. Glenwood. Durban. KZN 4001. Tel. (27) 83 556 1364 Fax: 086 609 3364             Email: lungile@nyathikazioptometrist.co.za Skype: lungile.nyathikazi

1. INTRODUCTION 2012 has been a very busy year compared to previous years because of the partnerships that we have garnered. More Circuits have shown interest in fighting HIV & AIDS and also fighting the social ills that bring about susceptibility to HIV infection. The KZN province has also reported reduction in HIV infection in 2 of its districts (Thekwini & Mzinyathi) and also a marked reduction (???170 000 )in mother to child transmission.

2. ACHIEVEMENTS 2.1 Induction of Coordinators with the help of KZNCC office & NAPWA on 24th Jan 2012 2.2 Planning session at KZNCC offices on 30 Jan 2012 with other denominations. 2.3 Workshops on “Towards HIV Competent Church” were done through-out the Diocese. Thanks to the Diocesan Committee, KZNCC, NAPWA & more especially to Rev N Mahaye, who as Chief facilitator made sure that the workshops ran smoothly and that he shared the knowledge of everything he had learnt from LUCSA, mostly without any compensation nor recognition and also to KZNCC for financial support of these workshops. 2.4 Capacity building workshop at KZNCC office on 10 February 2012 2.5 Partnering with KNZCC office to conduct “Theology of Care” workshop to pastors of the Diocese> Twenty Pastors attended this workshop (2 per Circuit). Some have already gone back to their Circuits & filtered that down to their Parishes 2.6  Community Dialogue held at KwaNdengezi on 16th March 2012 using Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) Methodology; still to be followed up. 2.7 Strategic Planning with KZNCC and Partners in May for 2012 2.8 Joint application of funding with KZNCC from UK based CHURCH AID (Rob Cunningham. After our presentations on 4th May 2012, KZNCC was granted R60 000 2.9 Secondment of Rev ZI Ntuli into KZNCC office to handle land Issues, especially involving communities to make use of the land for economic empowerment. 2.10 Result Based Management (RBM) Strategic Planning with LUCSA for 2013 – 2017 in North West (Hartbeespoortdam) 2.11 Financial support for travelling & hosting some of our workshops by KZNCC office ( 3 of the 4 Towards …workshops; Theology of Care workshops; Induction of Coordinators Workshop) 2.12 Networking with other denominations under KZNCC eg Inter-Faith Symposium held in April; Protection of State Information Bill; Land Matters…. 2.13 Commitment by ELCA SWMN to pay the stipend for the coordinator for 5 years and other financial contributions to HIV cause by ELCA women & synod. 2.14 CIRCUITS: – Mandini (Siyakwamukela HBC) Empangeni Circuit had an AGM in Jan 25th 2012 – KwaNodwengu launched the HIV programme on 24th March 2012 – Durban Circuit rolled out the “Theology of Care” workshop on 21st March 2012 (Healing & Health as a Human Right) – Mfolozi Circuit (Hlabisa) invited us to talk at a Diocesan Prayer Men’s League. They hosted their American partners in July – Vryheid’s Swart Mfolozi Project visited LUCSA LAAP advisory Committee on 2nd May 2012 – Shiyane Circuit hosted their American partners in June who helped them to secure their poultry project. Their rabbit project, garden & crèche are still ongoing. – Ondini Circuit hosted the 3rd HIV & AIDS Diocesan Committee Meeting at KwaZamokuhle Diaconical Centre on 20 July 2012 – Umngeni Circuit’s  Prayer Women’s League- talk on” HIV & AIDS Update” on 7th July 2012 and also shared about visit to USA

3. ELCA-SWMN VISIT: – Left on 5th June for Minnesota via Atlanta – Attended ELCA Minnesota Synod – Visited numerous Conferences (Circuits) and held talks on HIV & AIDS – Attended ELCA Women’s conferenced in Spicer, delivered a talk, conducted workshops and learnt how to do tie-dyeing – Visited Rural AIDS Network (RAAN) Global Health Ministries in Minneapolis and Grace Housing for HIV infected people – See detailed report 4. CHALLENGES 4.1 Finances for travelling from Circuits to meetings & workshops still a problem 4.2 The HIV & AIDS Diocesan Committee had requested the DC via email & minutes to allow Rev Mahaye to act as a chaplain, liaising between the Committee & the pastors. The DC never responded nor acknowledged the request. 4.3 Discrimination: Sharing a chalice has caused some people to stop partaking in Holy Communion 4.4 Pastors still not breaking the silence by talking about HIV at the pulpit 4.5 Non-attendance of meetings especially by the clergy. 4.6 Coordinator’s stipend payment untimely & unscheduled. ELCA wants a full time person. 4.7 Communication between some Circuit coordinators and some Deans terse & hindering progress 4.8 Non-reporting of some Circuits

 

 

5. FINANCES: Lungile Designations (HIV/AIDS Coordinator) sent in a separate wire from ELCA                                                                                                     15/6/2012 Calvary- Willmar  Lakeland Conference (to Circuit)- HIV&AIDS Lungile $5 000.00 2/7/2012 Calvary-Willmar Lakeland Conference HIV&AIDS- Lungile’s work $1 174.00 2/7/2012 WELCA HIV & AIDS Coordinator (sale of pins) $2 503.00 2/7/2012 WELCA HIV & AIDS Coordinator (Sale of pins) $200.00  TOTAL  $8 877.00

The Diocesan HIV & AIDS bank account: ELCSA-SED CHURCH CHANNELS OF HOPE.ACCOUNT # 062973045BANK: STANDARD BANKBRANCH: STANGER – 057529CITY: STANGER was used for the above monies (+/- R72 000)

The commitment of the Coordinators stipend from ELCA- SWMN of $10 000 is normally deposited to the Umpumulo account. Umpumulo then transfers it to the HIV account. This amount has not been received yet for 2012.

6. RECOMMENDATIONS 6.1 Fight discrimination through continued pastor’s workshop on mainstreaming & Care. 6.2 A full time coordinator as envisaged by ELCA-SWMN needs to be considered. It is difficult for the present coordinator to work on full time basis because of financial obligations 6.3 Circuits to take notes from KwaNodwengu Circuit on raising funds & prioritising HIV & AIDS and also Empangeni’s Mandini (Siyakwamukela) Project 6.4 Have an office where all documents, supplies etc will be kept. 6.5 The committee resolved  that office material, stationery, projector and all requirements of running a workshop be purchased with the money Ms Nyathikazi made on her USA trip 7. FUTURE PLANS FOR 2013 -To be done in the last meeting to be held on 21 September 2012 in Durban – Induction of new coordinators – Continue “Theology of Care” pastors workshops – Handwork for women & all those interested –income generating projects – talks where invited       8. CLOSING: I would like to thank the Bishop and all the Deans for the support and the contribution towards the growth of this programme. “We are called to stand together…”  Acts 13:42-52

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  1. ELCSA-SED HIV & AIDS PROGRAMME. ANNUAL REPORT
    1. INTRODUCTION
    ELCSA-SED has partnered with LUCSA and also with other Church denominations, with government structures through KwaZulu Natal Council of Churches (KZNCC) and also with overseas partners in an effort to alleviate HIV & AIDS infection, TB and poverty. All 10 Circuits of ELCSA- SED have slowly but surely committed to addressing the scourge by engaging in projects at different, not all, Parish levels.
    “South Africa has a huge teen pregnancy problem – one in three girls has had a baby by the age of 20,”- says David Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of Love Life, South Africa’s largest youth-targeted HIV/AIDS campaign.
    In a country where HIV prevalence is 18.8 %, the high level of teenage pregnancy has heightened concerns. According to the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), “The latest national survey into HIV prevalence recorded that 16% of pregnant women under the age of 20 tested HIV positive”
    With this in mind, the Church has the responsibility to embark on restoration of moral values especially among our Youth and to encourage the adults to address issues of sexuality with their children at all levels, through talks, education, workshops and even games.

    2. VISIT TO MINNESOTA, USA, IN JULY 2012
    The Diocesan coordinator had the opportunity to visit our Synod partners in USA
    Partner Synod/diocese visit
    Talks on what we do; stipend donation
    Foster relationship ff previous year’s visit with the Deans
    Attended and addressed the Synod Assembly
    Attended Women’s Conference: Since the synod had invited me, women felt I should attend their conference as well and give a talk & run a workshop
    Visited to Rural Aids Action Network (RAAN) and learnt how they deal with HIV & AIDS there.
    Visit to Minnesota AIDS Project, Youth Project, Global Health Ministries & Damiano Community care Housing in Minneapolis.

    3. WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS IN THE DIOCESE
    Induction of HIV Coordinators
    3 x “Towards HIV Competent Church” workshops run in groups of 3 & one of 4 Circuits around the Diocese
    Pastoral care (Theology of Care) workshop was a great success – 2 pastors per Circuit. This will be continued.
    Report Writing workshop – KZNCC – Pmb
    Quarterly meetings of the HIV & AID Diocesan Committee.
    Strategic Planning (LUCSA) –
    Capacity Building (KZNCC)
    Meetings at KZNCC ( Interdenominational networking; Funders; Community Dialogue; SAVE campaign, Land Issues etc

    4. CIRCUIT REPORTS:
    1. DURBAN
    1.1 Durban South Parish
    1.1.1 Umlazi Community Hospice Day Centre
    – It was founded by the late professional nurse T Hlongwa
    – It renders palliative care to cancer patients, care, awareness, counselling and education to youth and HIV & AIDS patients; emotional, therapeutic, medical & spiritual support to orphans et al. It also offers grief & bereavement counselling to patients and their families.
    – They solicit donations for non-perishable commodities, food parcels and clothing for their clients and engage in poverty alleviation programmes eg handwork, gardening to boost self- esteem & self- sufficiency.
    – Led by professional nurses Angel Makhanya, Victoria Zuma (Chairperson) et al
    – The Health Desk was established in 2006 and has representations from all Leagues, all over Durban South Parish which has 13 congregations in Umlazi, KwaMakhutha, Folweni, Illovo and Umkhomazi
    – On 22-28 June 2012, TW Buthelezi & TC Nyathikazi attended “Introduction to Palliative Care” workshop at Highway Hospice
    – The Day Care Centre has 138 HIV & AIDS patients; 4 Cancer patients; 28 children and 52 monthly day centre attendants. There is 1 professional nurse; 4 permanent employed caregivers and 5 volunteers.
    1.1.2 Achievements:
    1. Partnership against HIV & AIDS and other terminal illnesses between Highway Hospice and the Lutheran Church in Umlazi has tremendously improved lives and brought relief to hundreds of families, child-headed families and orphans in Umlazi Community
    2. The Health Desk has managed to arrange awareness campaigns, mobilised people to test for HIV and other chronic diseases, visited and assisted their clients with basic needs.
    3. Day Care Centre: Support Group Meetings on Wednesdays where patients are provided with breakfast, lunch and food parcels from Highway Hospice
    4. Visits by social worker on Wednesdays to attend to social problems
    5. The Ithemba bag project supervised by the Occupational Therapist assistant has empowered & given employment to patients, making them less dependent on food parcels.
    6. All congregations in this area have programmes for HIV & AIDS attending to health ministry and also special Sunday prayers at least once per quarter
    7. The Health Desk arranged training of 143 volunteers and care givers by accredited institutions on HIV & AIDS; Home-based Care; TB care (DOT) and First Aid. Most of those trained were previously unemployed & are now employed in health related sectors & other sectors
    8. Health education was extended to children during World AIDS Day through games; play; music and simple talks. This was funded by the Lutheran Church.
    9. Gifts of toiletries were received from Gift of the Givers and toys from Natal Early Learning Resource Unit (NELRU) and a jumping castle from one young congregant.
    10. The “Mothers’ Union” from the Anglican Church visited patients on 25th Sept 2012 and brought with them the word of God, clothes and food parcels.
    11. Golden Girls (retired nurses) visited the Hospice on 14th Nov 2012 via the Health Desk and donated clothes & food parcels.
    12. Wellness Days for Parish Senior citizens where HCT and other tests were done and referrals to the nearest clinics. Senior citizens were also served with lunch.
    13. Monthly food parcels from eThekwini Municipality Employees.
    14. School uniforms for some OVCs were bought after financial assessment was done. School Fees exemption letters were written for some OVCs
    15. “Reach for a dream” for some terminally ill children was arranged
    16. Memory Boxes by all day centre patients overseen by Memory Work Facilitator Nokulunga Dlamini encourages them to write their family stories so that their children will know their history and their family background. This group has 8 sessions covering the ff topics: Community profile; Education on Health Diseases; HIV & AIDS: Confidentiality & Stigma: Bereavement: Emotions; Mourning: Rituals; Children & Death
    17. Access to grants: Child support grants increased from R270 to R280; Disability grant increased from R1140 to R1200; Foster Care grant increased from R740 to R760 and old age grant to R1200

    1.1.3 Challenges
    1. Economic downturn especially between 2006 and 2012 contribute to persistent lack of funding
    2. Poverty- causing patients to default on their treatment because of hunger; repeated teenage pregnancies in order to get Gvt children’s grants
    3. HIV & AIDS remains a threat; high levels of unemployment; high levels of rape on women & children including babies and the elderly remain a concern
    4. Fraud & corruption increase with grants has caused SASSA to rule that all beneficiaries reapply every 12 months. Patients often encounter difficulties when they reapply. Poverty prevails during the period of grant termination as grants are usually the sole household income
    5. Security – Some young men are seen wondering within the premises not saying anything
    6. The Ford Fiesta car caught fire and was burnt to ashes

    1.2. NTUZUMA PARISH
    Ntuzuma Resource Centre provides care and support to people living with HIV& Aids, support group, Orphans, vulnerable Children and other members of the community who are financially / economically disadvantaged.
    Soup is provided every Monday and Friday twice a week to more than 300 children and adults.
    The aim is to cook soup every day (Monday – Friday) in order to meet the demand, however we are unable to scale up our programme due to resource constrain
    Challenges
    The number of people who come for soup is increasing day by day due to the word of mouth which places pressure on our staff and budget.

    STATISTICS
    GROUP NUMBER
    OVCs 208
    Women on treatment 32
    Men on treatment 28
    Youth headed families 09
    Pensioners 32

    2. ESHOWE CIRCUIT
    Eshowe Circuit has only 2 Parishes that show interest towards the fight against HIV & AIDS viz Ntumen & St Matthews

    2.1 ACHIEVEMENTS
    – 2 Pastors attended the Pastoral Care workshop at Pietermaritzburg
    – Planned visits to homes, clinics, hospitals and local chiefs were partly achieved
    – Food parcels & clothing were distributed to the needy
    – Vegetables gardens
    – Five (5) ladies and 2 Youth member (male & female) attended the “Towards HIV Competent Church” workshop held at KwaNzimela in Melmoth
    – HIV & AIDS awareness campaign was held on 6th December 2012

    2.2 Challenges
    – Fund raising
    – Pastors and Parish leaders show little interest towards HIV & AIDS. This makes achieving the goal of reducing HIV infection and its stigma in Parishes difficult.
    – HIV committee members still do not get invited to the Parish & Circuit council meetings despite the letter that was written to the Dean and chairperson by the Diocesan Coordinator
    – The different Leagues also do not invite the HIV committee

    2.3 Conclusion
    It is hoped that 2013 will be different and that there will be more participation of the Church leaders

    3. EMPANGENI
    – The project in Mandeni; Siyakwamukela HBC; continues to work well under Mrs Esther Zondi, despite her ill-health; visiting the sick, home-based care and doing awareness campaigns
    – Empangeni North did 2 awareness campaigns
    – Empangeni South also had HIV talks to PWL in December 2012
    – Prayer Men’s League also were addressed on HIV & AIDS in July at Eskhawini; with a question & answer session
    – The Youth were also addressed at Ongoye and at Umhlathuze in December
    4. ONDINI CIRCUIT
    – Groceries given in April during PWL to 30 needy people + 20 walking sticks to elderly people and 100 reading glasses to those who needed them
    – The children are still catered for at the Orphanage Day Care Centre
    5. MFOLOZI
    5.1 Achieved:
    – A talk was given during the Diocesan Prayer Men’s League in Hluhluwe on HIV & AIDS incl circumcision. A question & answer session followed
    – PWL also had a talk on HIV & AIDS and advantages of HCT. HCT done
    – Donations of food parcels, clothing and kitchen utensils to the needy continues
    – Food gardens especially for those on ARV & TB treatment
    – Visit to the Youth League meeting, talks on HIV & AIDS and open discussion on sexuality, behaviour, dealing with stress and stigma, and preventive measures
    5.2 Challenges;
    – Garden project lacks fencing
    – Stigma and disclosure is still a huge problem in some families
    5.3 Future Plans
    – Induction of new committee members
    – Presentations to congregations
    – Health education on HIV & AIDS and other chronic illnesses
    – Art performance on awareness campaigns.
    – Include other professionals eg nurses, social workers and other in the fight against HIV & AIDS

    6. SHIYANE
    Shiyane Circuit focussed on MAINSTREAMING through Dean elect Rev Ndlovu and his effort in teaching HIV&AIDS in all League conferences in Shiyane Circuit. This Circuit is committed to mobilizing the Church to respect and protect all individuals and the human rights of all persons infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. It is now clear that if the Church is involved in human suffering there will be heightening of spirituality.
    6.1 STATISTICS:
    These statistics are inclusive of the hospital (Dept of Health) which works jointly with the Shiyane Circuit’s HIV programme:
    In 2011-2012 Total
    Pre-Test Counselled 37213 : 53051 90264
    Screened for T B 21166 :53113 74 279
    Tested: 32102:52876 84 978
    Positive 4499:4492 8991
    Target 45098
    117% Target Achieved
    ARV’S Clients In 2011 2012
    Endumeni 5714 7191
    Nquthu 5882 9905
    Msinga 7882 12998
    Umvoti 3977 5850

    Condom Distributed/Females 2011/2012
    Endumeni 8841
    Nquthu 28527
    Msinga 3538
    Umvoti 2873

    Males
    Endumeni 339475
    Nquthu 822555
    Msinga 155455
    Umvoti 199101

    6.2 DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES DURING 2012
     Education
     Parents were empowered with information and knowledge relevant to sexuality and HIV/AIDS.
     Child headed families were assisted financially
     Yakhumndeni NGO: Mentor Mothers assist & guide (mentor) expectant ladies throughout their pregnancy, checking if they do attend ante-natal clinics and take their medication.
     MMC has been done in each and every month venue: Hospitals/Tribal Authority
    6.3 CHALLENGES:
     Youth do not practice family planning and safe sex resulting in many teenage pregnancies and infection.
     Inaction as a Church
     People get tested and never return for results.
    6.4 PLANS FOR 2013
     To launch HIV &AIDS programme at the Circuit level
     To compile assignment (Advocacy) by Busi, Timothy & Emelita –South Africa Team.
     To plan advocacy workshop (Tara)

    7. KWANODWENGU
    7.1 KwaNodwengu officially launched the HIV programme in the Circuit on 30/06/2012 at Mahlabathini Parish working together with the person who has lived positively with the virus for 16years.
    The candle lighting service was held at Nhlazatshe Parish during a PWL meeting on 06/07/2012 and that day, the Lord touched the lives of many mothers.
    The KwaNongoma Soup Kitchen Project that feeds the orphans and the poor was assisted with R7500.00 from overseas donation. The orphans and vulnerable children received 3 months’ supply of food and also school shoes
    Nongoma Municipality donated R4000 to assist in the launch of the HIV programme

    7.2 In December; at Nhlazatshe, 3 children were assisted with R200.00 each.
    At Ulundi; 16 families received groceries of R200 each
    At Mfule; a function was held for 30 elderly people and they each received food parcels.

    7.3 A lot of gratitude goes to the Circuit Council who are extremely supportive of all that we do; and the donation of R2000 every month. We really appreciate that they realise the importance of contributing towards the fight against HIV & AIDS. Without their support, this would not have been possible.

    7.4 Challenges:
    – We still battle to get support from the Pastors in the Parishes
    – The Nongoma project lacks funding to buy food for the OVCs whilst waiting for the Government support. Children have been eating once a week sometimes not at all if some businessman does not take pity on the situation. Thanks to Build-It for the support.

    7.5 Recommendations:
    – We recommend that our religious ministers include HIV & AIDS in the services at least 10minutes in a month so that the programme can progress
    – We also recommend that more Pastors attend HIV workshops so that they can also pay more attention to HIV & AIDS.
    – We would like to thank Rev Mahaye for his talk on HIV & AIDS, that one needs to hide under the rock-Christ Jesus-for protection against the HIV scourge.

    8. VRYHEID
    8.1 Ethembeni Home-based Care Centre in Swart Mfolozi remains one of the best run, well reporting projects in the Diocese that is also better supported by funders, the Gvt (Home Affairs, Agriculture & Social Development) and the local chief (Mr Zondo). It services largely Empangisweni area It is now in its 8th year and is run together with 3 nuns from Germany.
    8.2 It participates in the Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize’s Sukuma Sakhe programme launched with the aims of alleviating poverty, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, crime, violence and abuse. Youth ambassadors have been trained and employed by the government to work in different wards
    8.3 There are 19 Community Care Givers (CCGs) some paid by the Gvt (Dept of social development)
    – Home visits were recorded by the CCGs 2,955
    – Home visits were recorded by the full time staff 67
    8.4 Encounter Day: at the of June Sr. Klaudia together with other Staff members organised an “Encounter Day” for all CCGs and the children in their (orphans and other children from their family) to come watch a film on Jesus; play games; engage in talks and have lunch together.The slogan for that day was: “Learning from Jesus, learning from one another”.
    8.5 A number of workshops have been run viz Capacity Building; CCGs workshops; continued education on skills and on HIV & AIDS
    8.6 Memory Boxes for 55 orphans pioneered by Sr Klaudia & assisted by CCGs (Psalm 27:10)

    8.9 The Support Group continues to meet fortnightly. They grow cabbage, beet roots, spinach, onions, and carrots which they harvest for their own use.
    8.10 Artemisia Tea Project: 64 artemisia plants were grown at the Care Centre garden and other 24 at the nun’s residence.The CCGs and others using it report a rise in CD4 count
    8.11 Food Parcels are distributed to the needy & during Pension Days with support of the money from DSD. The paperwork; requisition forms, however have made the task quite tedious
    8.12 Sr. Klaudia bought 150 school uniforms for orphans for the year 2012. Out of those 150 uniforms 49 were donated by EGPAF while the rest was donated by donors from overseas through the Sisters Community (CCB).
    8.13 In September 2012 the CCGs started to fill application forms for uniforms and Sr. Klaudia bought 190 school uniforms between October and December for 2013. Before the schools closed she started to visit some schools and distributed the uniforms to the learners.
    8.14 STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP: 8 students were supported by this project. One graduated at the University of Zululand is now a teacher at Umsinga; 1 student finished his education in mechanical engineering/boiler making; 1 student finished his theoretical education in civil engineering; 1 student finished in chemical engineering end of 2012; 1 student continued doing electrical engineering and another student completed her studies in senior and further education and training phase in December 2012.

    8.15 ADVOCACY AND TRANSPORT
    Clients were transported with the Sisters car to the following facilities:
    – Swart Mfolozi Clinic 114
    – Home Affairs, Vryheid 32
    – Social Welfare, Vryheid 10
    – Vryheid Hospital 7
    – Kwa Ceza Hospital 5
    – Other Places 43
    Clients assisted by the full time staff in obtaining the following documents and grants:
    – Identity Documents 02
    – Old age pension Grant 01
    8.16 The AGM for 2012 included Inkosi Zondo of Empangisweni and his Induna, representatives from all schools, Clinic Swart Mfolozi, PHC, DSD, DOH, Gluckstadt Police, representatives from Ekuhlengeni Parish of ELCSA, CCGs, Support Group members.
    8.17 World AIDS Day was held on 4th December and was in conjuction with the Police officers from Gluckstadt. The slogan was “ a friend with AIDS is still my friend”
    8.18 Challenges:
    – The poor infrastructure and poor road conditions cause delays on the roads and damages to car.
    – Communication is difficult because of poor reception on cell phone and internet access. Often we had to drive to town with a laptop in order to send and receive important emails
    – The difference in stipend for the CCGs. Those paid by DSD get better stipends than those paid by the project.
    – Funding for the running costs of Care Centre remains a big problem.

    9. UMVOTI This is unfortunately the only Circuit that still needs much working on in the fight against HIV & AIDS
    10. UMNGENI
    – A report back on the Minnesota visit was given at the Circuit Prayer Women’s League meeting

    5. FINANCES & FUNDERS
    5.1 Our USA partners (ELCA –SWM) committed towards supporting the HIV programme by contributing towards the stipend of the Diocesan coordinator. She presently gets R3000.00 per month and the rest is used for travelling expenses.
    5.2 LUCSA continues to support some projects eg Swart Mfolozi in Vryheid
    5.3 Other funders assist through KZNCC with the running of workshops and travelling expenses of Circuit coordinators.
    5.4 The Circuits also assist, despite their own budget constraints, where necessary as requested
    5.5 Other funding goes direct to the Circuit projects and does not get reported to the HIV Diocesan Treasury eg Norway for Ntuzuma project; Germany for Swart Mfolozi; PEPFAR for Durban and other.

    6. CONCLUSION
    6.1 Though there are still a lot of hurdles, ELCSA-SED has made long strides to be where we are now and the Deans in particular have been very cooperative.
    6.2 The HIV & AIDS committee sincerely appreciates the support of the Bishop, Rt Rev PP Buthelezi, the Deans, and all those Pastors who after the Pastoral Care workshop, saw it necessary to take it back to their Circuits and to the Pastors Fraternal. We hope that one day all shall see the light.
    6.3 All members of the HIV & AIDS Diocesan Committee showed a lot of commitment in sharing the running of the “Towards HIV Competent Church” workshop throughout the Diocese
    6.4 We are still lacking a bit in monitoring and evaluation but hope to rectify that in 2013.

  2. KwaZulu Natal Christian Council
    07 November 2013

    A Call to Action, save lives –Say No to Quacks.

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), KZNCC and Theologians invite your organisation to join a Life Saving March on the 13 November 2013 in Durban. We have all had enough! Government, community members, People of faith, health care workers and activists are coming together to stop quacks.

    Quackery is a major obstacle in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis. (TB) and other serious diseases in KwaZulu Natal. Quacks offer our people unproven treatments and concoctions claiming that it will cure or improve their disease. Often quacks convince our people to stop taking effective medicines – like antiretroviral therapy for HIV. There is no cure for HIV, but antiretrovirals can suppress the virus and allow HIV-positive people to live normal lives. No other treatments apart from ARVs have been proven to work against HIV.

    We will fight to the bitter end if they ever try to arrest him because Nala is God. Church member during our visit to Nala’s place..

    Nala claims that God is using him to cure Aids. He says he is able to change a positive HIV test to a negative test and he says he has proof. Bishop Nala told TAC, KZNCC, media and other concerned individuals that his “Gospel of Plenty” can deliver you from all sin, homosexuality, poverty and sickness including HIV and Aids through the use of prayer and his Holy Water.

    The water is packed in plastic water bottles branded with his logo and image. It is sold at his church in Umbilo for R15 for a small bottle and R30 for the big one. Nala said he has long list of people that he has helped who have now been cured of Aids through prayer and the use of his Holy Water. 5 ladies came out to testify.

    Some have even stopped taking their antiretroviral (ARV) treatment because they say that they have been “cured” of Aids by the Faith Healer Bishop H.Q. Nala.

    Another quack, Kim Cools claiming the mix of fruits and vegetables heal AIDS. ttp://www.umlingo.wozaonline.co.za/Testimonies

    Bishop H.Q. Nala and Kim Cools, like many other quacks claim that their concoctions can cure HIV or increase your CD4 count. None of these concoctions have been proven to increase your CD4 count. Quacks exploit the desperation that many of us feel when we are struggling with HIV or TB. Some of them exploit our people’s desperation so that they can get rich. Others do not do it for the money, but because they have convinced themselves that their concoctions work, even if they have no proper evidence to prove it.

    When quacks convince a person with HIV to stop taking ARVs, then that person can become resistant to those ARVs and then those specific ARVs may stop working for that person. When that patient one day starts taking ARVs again, he or she might need to take different, much more expensive ARVs. In this way, quacks are undermining the province’s fight against HIV.

    The Treatment Action Campaign has received reports from doctors telling us of patients who stop taking treatment and who then got very sick. We cannot allow this to continue. One of the worst quacks we know of in the province is Kim Cools, who sells a concoction called Umlingo Wamangcolosi. This untested and unproven concoction is often sold as a treatment for HIV. People who take it are also often encouraged to stop taking ARVs.

    What can be done?

    • The KZN Department of Health together with the police must take the proper legal steps to shut down the businesses of quacks like Kim Cools. It is in clear contravention of the Medicines Act to sell treatments for HIV if such treatments have not been registered with the Medicines Control Council.
    • The media and the KZN provincial government must take steps to better inform the public about the dangers of quackery.

    • Radio stations, newspapers and television stations must not sell advertising space to quacks or allow them to speak on talk shows or other programmes where they can unlawfully promote their products.

    But what about people who say it works?

    We often hear people say “but the concoction cured that one”. Testimonies like this are not reliable. Sometimes quacks simply lie to us about their products and convince others to spread the same lie.

    However, at other times people honestly believe that the concoction made them better. This is understandable. However, there is no way for that person to know that they would not have got better anyway. Think of how you sometimes get a headache – and how it then goes away by itself. Now, if you had a glass of beer just before your headache got better you may think that it was the beer that healed your headache. You would be fooling yourself though, since your headache would have got better in any case. In the same way quacks often claim the credit for the ways in which we would have felt better even without treatment.

    The only way we can make sure whether a specific treatment really cures or treats a specific disease is by doing clinical trials. Only once a treatment has thoroughly been tested in a number of clinical trials can we be sure that it works.

    For More information Call:

    Mzamo Zondi : 0822682531

  3. CONCEPT PAPER
    ON HOW TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGE OF SOME FAITH GROUPS CLAIMING TO HAVE HEALING FOR HIV AND AIDS
    HIV and AIDS, Antiretroviral Treatment and the Application of Faith: Towards Healing and Cure

    Introduction: “Should a Christian (and for that matter any one) use the services of medical doctors? Does the Bible forbid the use of medicines? If it is not God’s will to heal the person miraculously right now, is it wrong to seek medical aid? Would seeking such help be interfering with God’s will? These are important questions, because the answers have serious implications — implications of suffering or relief, life or death. They are also questions that may not even occur to most people, and may seem unnecessary to some. But the questions do occur to sincere persons who are laboring under certain false impressions (and some who are convinced that they are acting on a type of faith that is pleasing to God) about divine healing and the Bible position on it (Additions mine)”.

    There is a challenge that needs some investigation concerning statements made by some evangelistic groups which claim the healing or cure of HIV and AIDS. This rudimentary concept paper struggles with such statements and seeks engagement with people of faith on the general matter of ‘Faith and Medicine’ and the specific concern of the healing and cure of HIV and AIDS by faith or prayer.

    Hypothesis: Antiretroviral treatment and the application of faith towards healing work together.

    Sub-hypothesis 1: People can use their faith as well as adhere to treatment. There is no contradiction between taking treatment and having faith for health and healing. The use of ARVs is not against the application of faith.

    Sub-hypothesis 2: The application of faith should encourage people to adhere to treatment and with confidence knowing that the scriptures do not forbid the use of medicines towards health, healing and cure.

    Problem Statement: The application of faith leading people to default or abandon any form of medical treatment puts the patients at very high risk which may lead to death if not attended to on time. There have been peddlers and bogus claims of the cure of HIV and AIDS since the virus has been diagnosed from around the 1980s. At the beginning some people of faith stigmatized people who were diagnosed HIV positive and followed by the latest and sprouting evangelistic groups who encourage their converts to abandon ARV treatment.

    What Do the Scripture Say? “Colossians 4:14 refers to Luke as the “beloved physician,” showing that Luke was a physician and was well thought of. The Bible nowhere states that Luke stopped using his skills after conversion, and it would not be proper to conclude that he did merely from the Bible’s silence on the subject” One of the accolades and appellations of Yahweh is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer (Ex. 15: 26) a praise-word Yahweh got by healing the waters of Marah with a tree. Apocalyptically the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations (Rev. 22: 2).

    “Olive oil also can be used on wounds. Wine was used medicinally in the New Testament. Paul told Timothy, in 1Timothy 5:23, to use a little wine as a digestive aid due to Timothy being sick. Also, the Good Samarian used wine in Luke 10:34, “…bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine.” Alcohol is an antiseptic. In “Wine as Food and Medicine”
    Other Texts: Ezekiel 47: 12; Jer. 30: 13 – 17; Jn. 9: 1ff (6 – 12)

    Question for Discussion: How is it possible that a person who had tested HIV positive come to be tested HIV negative?

  4. SAVE WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT
    RATIONALE: This evaluation report highlights specific methodological considerations that marked the two successive KZN-based SAVE workshops held within the prospective months of August and September respectively.
    FOCUS: SAVE WORKSHOPS – KZNCC, CITY ROYAL HOTEL: 12-14 August 2013
    – UKZN, SRPC: 9-11 September 2013
    INTRODUCTION
    The KZNCC SAVE workshop took place in a hotel setting guided by a specific programme. It comprised of various partners from the different sectors and/or organisations working in the field of HIV and AIDS towards a common vision of having the comprehensive SAVE approach roll-out as a national strategy for HIV and AIDS prevention and care. The facilitators were Mr. Ivan (SANERELA+) and Reverend Phumuzile Mabizela (INERELA+)
    The UKZN workshop was supported by the KZNCC and managed by the SRPC CHART office at UKZN. It took place at the UKZN Council Chambers Pietermaritzburg campus as part of the collaborative SAVE roll-out process. This workshop espoused a unique component of postgraduate students and some members of staff from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) under the credible leadership of Professor B. Haddad director for CHART (Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology) within the School. The facilitators were Reverend Phumuzile Mabizela (INERELA+) and Reverend JP Mokgethi-Heath (INERELA+/Church of Sweden).
    ORGANISATION
    The two workshops were similar in content and rationale as they both dealt with sensitization and the training of persons towards the implementation of the SAVE approach in a comprehensive, contextually-relevant and life-affirming manner.
    Both workshops were compacted within a three-day intensive schedule in respect to time, cost, participant availability and the disposition of the facilitators. However, the constraints of time versus content were raised as longer time-plans could facilitate better understanding and more information dissemination.
    PRESENTATION
    The presentations were methodologically different though they both held an interactive-participatory component based on similar themes as stipulated in the SAVE Toolkit.
    Marked differences
    At the KZNCC workshop, the facilitators had a clear time-table stipulated in black and white highlighting the themes and times for the different workshop sessions. This made it much easier for the participants to keep track of the workshop process and follow up accordingly. However, at the UKZN workshop a generic-interactive method was used to harness participation. The participants were drawn into the themes of the workshop through direct reference to the toolkit. This in a way helped the participants to directly acquaint themselves with the toolkit through a touch-open and see technique. Constant reference to the toolkit should always be encouraged to enhance its familiarity to the participants.
    The other marked difference was the experience-based approach that also found relevance within the UKZN workshop process. I believe this was a profound learning process for the participants. Though this concept was also drawn on at the KZNCC workshop, there wasn’t much intensity to its importance. This is without prejudice to the participants’ rich contributions therein.
    Further the treatment component of the SAVE approach was extensively unpacked through a biomedical lens at the KZNCC workshop with the help of TAC members. This privilege was not readily available at the UKZN workshop. However, students were able to digest what was provided.
    ATTENTIVENESS
    This was commendable at both workshops. Interludes of songs and skits during the KZNCC workshop helped to boost concentration levels in-between sessions. The UKZN workshop in way lacked this ingredient creating an environment that could facilitate slowed level of concentration. Human concentration levels normally operate at about 20% over extended periods hence any necessary creativity to keep this afloat during long day sessions is incredibly paramount.
    PARTICIPATION
    This component was excellently harnessed at both workshops through a dialogical and rather flexible approach. The idea that the participant is tabularazza or merely a passive recipient within a workshop setting is would be arguably unconstructive. Therefore, the interactive-participatory method employed by the facilitators at both workshops in which the participants felt confident to openly discuss even commonly uncomfortable topics like sex and sexuality, personal testimonies etc… yielded surmountable outcomes.
    TIME MANAGEMENT
    This was observed at both workshops.
    DEPTH
    At both workshops there was depth in the information given. The contributions from the participants also served as drivers for deeper interrogation of the issues at hand.
    INTERACTION
    There was a richer interactive experience at the KZNCC workshop due to the diversity of persons, contexts and experiences of the various groups attending. This was minimally compromised at the UKZN workshop due to the homogeneity of the group (mostly students). However, personal experiences and familiarity of the participants to each other offered a comparative advantage.
    Notably, the academic component of the UKZN workshop facilitated more critical interaction on the SAVE approach in light of the progressive research within the field of HIV and AIDS prevention and care.
    CONCLUSIONS
    Both workshops were systematic and remarkably successful. Essentially, the participants were accorded the knowledge and the Toolkits to go ahead and sow the seed of life in their communities using the context-directed SAVE approach in the holistic battle against HIV and AIDS.
    Raised concern: The participants at the UKZN workshop are to be accorded certificates (through prior arrangement) while the participants at the KZNCC workshop weren’t. Some of the participants at the latter workshop raised this as a concern for future consideration. It is therefore imperative that some uniformity be maintained in this regard for future SAVE workshops.

  5. Concerns about the Rape, Abuse and Violence against Women and Children

    Memorandum

    We the people of Watersmeet, and not exclusively are concerned with the present situation of the scourge of rape, abuse and violence against women and children. This situation we find completely unacceptable. Children as old as 6 weeks are raped. Elderly people as old as 90 years are raped and robbed of their pension. Young women are no longer free to go about the streets because of the fear of being raped and murdered. Some of them have had their gastro ripped open and their throats cut and sliced. And we wonder what would be the end of all this?

    At Watersmeet, there is a serial rapist who has been previously convicted for the same crime. Like all other serial rapists elsewhere. He is out of jail raping women both young and old at knife point. The person is known also by the police and Counselors in the area. The community is intimidated and afraid. The evenings have become a nightmare and people are shivering because of this person who does as he likes with the bodies of women. Someone must stand up to do something to remove this person and keep him in custody. We urge the authorities to do this as speedily as possible. This person attacks homes where there are females only. He is a coward. He attacks the weak and vulnerable. He is evil. He is molesting poor women. Such people deserve to be incarcerated

    Crimes of domestic rape have been reported by victims. Burt perpetrators are walking freely around the streets. They are a nuisance. These perpetrators are mostly fellow members of the families they are molesting. The families seem to be powerless to deal with such. Once more society has to do away with these kinds of people by reporting them to the law enforcers and get them convicted to stay in jail as long as they are not repentant.

    Adding to these problems is the abuse of drugs and alcohol. This abuse and misuse of alcohol and drugs is very high. This problem is causing unrest in the community and among the families of these abusers. The use of alcohol and drugs must be restricted. Alcohol and drugs must not be so easily accessible. Dealers must stick to the rules of the control of access to alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs must no be stored in homes. The licensing of sales of alcohol must be very strict. There should not be more than one alcohol outlet in are 1000 square meters for instance.

    Community safety must be made a priority. The safety of women and the young female children must be paramount. It must be legislated that women and children get protection certificate as soon as they report their cases with the authorities. The police must act swiftly when it comes to crimes against women and children. The perpetrators must be accosted immediately, prosecuted and when found guilty be incarcerated. By so doing we may reduce the abuse of women and children.

    Women who work in community gardens are easy victims. They are asking that their gardens be fenced and be lockable. There are times when whilst they are working to produce food for their families they find a male person standing with a knife demanding sex on the spot in day light right there at the gardens before other women and children. No, this is not good. Such things must be stopped right away. There is no way that women and children can continue to work like this. These people must be stopped at all costs.

    In other instances people are stolen for mutilation especially children and women. Seemingly some healers demand human parts for their trade. Once more women and children become pray for this untoward activity. The same is the rape of virgins and children coming from a belief that having sex with a nubile or a baby can heal one of HIV and AIDS. This belief is dangerous and those who practice it must stop now. We urge the authorities to act to stop violence and abuse against women and children.

    Mogashudi Lucas Ngoetjana <Lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za

  6. Issued 4 October 2013

    Destroying our lives

    – in Cato Crest

    Today, we found ourselves where we have been too often before – at the Durban court awaiting a decision on bail for another shack dweller charged with public violence. Again – bail denied; on what grounds it is not clear.

    Why another bail hearing? What has led to us as clergy being here again this day?
    Over the past few months and weeks we have heard:

    • of illegal evictions and demolition of homes in Cato Crest by the Land Invasion Unit;
    • of alleged fraudulent selling and allocation of houses in Cato Crest by local political leadership;
    • of several court interdicts secured by Abahlali protecting their homes, and the same interdicts despised and ignored by city officials and political leadership;
    • of intimidation by local ANC leadership and members in Cato Crest, of the legal teams that were attempting to give effect to the court’s orders of restraining the city from demolishing people’s houses, and restraining them from further evictions, and instructing the city to rebuild people’s houses that were demolished;
    • of the shooting by the Land Invasion Unit and the SAPS of protesters asserting their rights – shot with rubber bullets and live ammunition. We visited today Nkosinathi Mngomezulu and Luleka Makhwenkwana who are still in hospital recovering from their wounds.

    As those who follow Jesus, we will continue to be present with those who are denied access to land, denied houses for their families, denied a place in our society. We will be with:

    • the family of Nqobile Nzuza, as they mourn the shooting of their 17 year old daughter;
    • the three residents of Cato Crest that must appear in Durban court on Thursday 3 October to face charges of public violence;
    • Bandile Mdlalose, the General Secretary of Abahlali as she remains in Westville prison awaiting her bail hearing on Monday 7 October;
    • the residents of Cato Crest as they secure their place in our city.

    We are outraged by:

    • the failure of our state to provide the most basic of necessities to those that live in our city. Their actions undermine the dignity we hold on to.
    • the contempt with which the city officials and political leadership disrespect and disobey the court injunctions. They have placed our society in great peril with their reckless and arrogant behaviour.
    • the failure of the police to fulfil their mandate of protecting members of our society, but instead shoot, kill protesters and act outside of the law themselves. Their behaviour is destroying the fabric of our society.
    • the short-sightedness and dishonesty of the leadership of our city, making promises of housing, knowing that these promises cannot be kept. This smacks of electioneering and sacrificing the lives of people for narrow, selfish political ends.

    As we stated at the court this morning, we commit ourselves to:

    • pray – for those suffering this inhumanity; for life to be sustained against the forces of death; for justice to flow down like water;
    • protest – against the ongoing abuse of power; against the stripping of people’s dignity; against the greed and dishonesty within our society;
    • push – for an end to this deadly violence; for the inclusion of all in our city, with dignity and equity.

    We urge others to act and stand with us as we resolve to build a society in which all belong and have a place.

    Statement from the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders’ Group,
    under the Chairpersonship of Bishop Rubin Phillip, Bishop of Natal and Dean of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

    Endorsed by: Church Land Programme and Diakonia Council of Churches

    Kudzai Taruona
    COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

    DIAKONIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
    Phone: +27 31 310 3500 (Switchboard)
    +27 31 310 3551 (Direct)
    +27 31 310 3502 (Fax)
    +27 74 970 7882 (Mobile)

    Please visit us at http://www.diakonia.org.za

  7. DEMOCRACY AND THE ELECTIONS

    A PASTORAL LETTER

    FROM

    CHURCH LEADERS OF KWAZULU-NATAL

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of that great day when many South Africans of all races stood in long lines filled with hope to cast their vote for the first time in their lives. This year presents the 5th opportunity for all of us to cast our votes in a “new” South Africa.

    As we reflect on this, we affirm that the country has remained peaceful, and is relatively stable. The economy is still one of the strongest on the continent, and South Africa has played a leadership role on the continent. We acknowledge that there is, to a large degree, political freedom of expression and the ability to make choices at the ballot box. We acknowledge that the goal of political freedom has been attained. We must also, however, recognise that political freedom was not followed by economic freedom, nor by increased gender and environmental justice. The poverty gap has increased, the provision of quality housing remains woefully inadequate, service delivery is non-existent in many areas, and education and health are two major areas of concern. It is deeply distressing that too often, the pleas of the communities are ignored until they resort to protest action, which is met by violence, and then the problems are addressed and sometimes resolved.

    The churches need to accept some responsibility for not consistently continuing the pursuit of the important Kin’dom value of justice – also as it manifests in economic, gender and environmental justice.

    The greatest concern, when elections loom, is the potential for the resurgence of the political violence, which has plagued our province in previous elections. It is our sincere prayer that 20 years has brought sufficient political maturity to the people of this province whereby we are able to address our political differences with the ballot, and not with bullets or other weapons. We implore all voters in this province to exercise tolerance and understanding of others as they make their choice.
    We look forward to peaceful elections, which will provide a government with a servant heart for the people, and for a positive future for this land.

    ENDORSED BY:
    Bishop Rubin Phillip, Anglican Bishop of Natal (KZN) & Dean of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
    Bishop Mike Vorster, Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Natal Coastal District & Chairperson KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council
    Bishop Sandy Dickie, Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Natal West District
    Bishop PP Buthelezi, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, South Eastern Diocese
    Bishop Mlungisi Dlungwane, Roman Catholic Diocese of Marriannhill
    Bishop Dino Gabriel, Anglican Diocese of Zululand & Chairperson KwaZulu Regional Christian Council
    Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Natal-South Episcopal Area
    Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM, Archdiocese of Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Inter-Religious Council
    Revd Ian Booth, Moderator, United Congregational Church of Southern Africa & Chairperson Diakonia Council of Churches
    Revd Derek Potgieter, Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa Presbytery of Thekwini
    Revd Abednego Mngambi, Mpuma District Superintendent, United Methodist Church
    Revd Zandile Myeni, Ethiopian Episcopal Church
    Ms Liz Palmer, The Religious Society of Friends, KwaZulu-Natal
    Major Solomon Mahlangu, Salvation Army Divisional Commander, Mid KwaZulu-Natal Division

    Issued 21 February 2014

    Published by KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders Group
    Prepared by Diakonia Council of Churches

  8. I was so pleased to read this report, may you furnish me with what ever is more important like this one. Thanks

  9. KwaZulu Natal Christian Council
    ______________________________________________________________
    08 December 2014
    Dear Partners and Friends.
    Invitation to 10 Years of ARV’s Celebration and Launch of the SAVE Campaign.
    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), Midlands Christian Council (MCC) and Vuma FM invites you to the 10 Years of Celebration and the launch of SAVE HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. About 350 leaders from HIV affected communities, law, entertainment, medicine, research and the media will come together. They come together to recall how, 10 years ago, people’s power broke political resistance to treatment for AIDS.
    In April 2004 an anti-retroviral treatment programme started that has saved 2.5 million lives and prevented countless HIV infections. This brought back health, dignity and hope to people living with HIV, their friends and families. We salute the passion of health workers, government leaders like Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Dr. Krista L. Dong, andactivists whose personal commitment made this possible. On Saturday, 13 December 2014 we will be celebrate life! This celebration has been scheduled as detailed hereunder:
    Date : Saturday, 13 December 2014
    Venue : Cathedral Church Langalibalele street, Pietermaritzburg
    Time : 10h00 am Many places of worship in KZN became a treatment, support, information and care zones. Many Pastors like Vusi Dube, Dr. Lucas Ngoetjana many more in the province have been always in the fore front. THIS COMING SATURDAY IS THE TIME TO REFLECT AND REDEDICATE through a prayer service and reflections on how far we have come and where we still need to go.
    We look forward to seeing you / your reporters at the event.
    Yours Sincerely
    Lucus
    Dr. Lucas Ngoetjana Mr. Mzamo Zondi
    Duputy CEO Provincial Head
    KZNCC TAC KwaZulu Natal
    0825420009 0840968775

  10. ELCSA – SED
    MENTORSHIP FOR MAINSTREAMING HIV & AIDS, TB, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES.
    DATE: 23- 27/03/2015
    VENUE: UMPHUMULO CHURCH CENTRE
    PARTICIPANTS: DEANS, PASTORS AND CIRCUIT COORDINATORS
    24.03.2015
    1. OBJECTIVES
    • To revisit mainstreaming concept.
    • To enhance awareness on mainstreaming concept and process of mainstreaming concept and process of mainstreaming.
    • Assess progress made in the workplace Health and Wellness programme.
    • To introduce advocacy and formation of in – country and regional networks for PLHIV project.
    • To map the way forward.
    2. THE EXPECTED OUTCOME
    • Increased Leadership support for the mainstreaming process.
    3. THE FOLLOW -UP SURVEYS
    • These were done by circuit coordinators using tools from LUCSA, and the Deaneries, Pastors and Leagues representatives were interviewed on mainstreaming to check progress made in the implementation of mainstreaming.
    • Mainstreaming concept was revisited led by LUCSA emphasizing on the mainstreaming concept which means that we acknowledge that we live in an environment that has a heavy burden of HIV and AIDS to identify means and ways of addressing the underlying causes and impact of HIV & AIDS.
    • Creating and sustaining the environment where HIV & AIDS are a way of life.
    4. COMPONENTS OF MAINSTREAMING
    • Internal mainstreaming – mainstreaming within the organization( employees of the Church and congregants)
    • External mainstreaming – focusing on impact mitigation projects to help vulnerable.
    • Resource mobilization – look at what we have, e.g. use of skills and outsourcing what you do not have.
    • Networking and collaboration – where we need inputs from other people.
    • Monitoring and evaluation.
    5. REPORTS FROM CIRCUITS
    • All Circuits presented their reports, looking at achievements, challenges and way forward.
    25.03.2015
    6. CONTEXTUAL BIBLE STUDIES – We started by doing Contextual Bible Studies emphasizing on mainstreaming and gender issues.
    7. WORKPLACE PROGRAMME – this was discussed at length and eventually, it was agreed that the Workplace Policy should be developed by Deans, Pastors and Circuit coordinators since there is no Policy at hand.
    8. LUCSA policy items will help as a guide in the development of SED Policy, so these are the items that should be included in the Policy :
    (i) Illness absenteeism
    (ii) Retirement
    (iii) Pressure on remaining workers
    (iv) Recruitment and replacement
    (v) Training
    (vi) Education of employees.
    (vii) Education of employees
    (viii) Sick leave and compassionate etc.
    9. ADVOCACY AND FORMATION OF IN COUNTRY, REGIONAL NETWORKS FOR PLHIV.
    Definition: Consult the voiceless so that you advocate with them “Nothing for us without us “
    9.1 Who is to advocate?
    (i) Community for itself
    (ii) Government for people
    (iii) Government for other government
    (iv) Mayors and Councilors
    (v) Parent to child and everyone who is able to advocate
    (vi) Church to advocate for PLHIV and support them.
    9.2 Definition of Advocacy
    It is an ongoing process aiming at change of attitude, actions, policies and laws by influencing people and organizations with power systems and structures at different organizations with power system and structures at different levels for the betterment of people affected by issues.
    9.3 Examples of advocacy for different groups of people at higher risk:
    (i) HIV& AIDS Human Rights
    (ii) HIV and Gender
    (iii) Sex workers
    (iv) Migrants and refuges
    (v) Prisoners
    (vi) HIV and AIDS in the work place.
    9.4 Forms of advocacy
    (i) Lobbying with or petition Government and other civic officials
    (ii) Writing and delivering position papers
    (iii) Face to face meeting
    (iv) Staging public demonstrations.
    9.5 PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
    (i) Select issue or problem you want to address
    (ii) Analyze and gather information
    (iii) Develop aim and objectives
    (iv) Identify your targets
    (v) Create an action plan
    (vi) Identify your resources
    (vii) Implement, monitor and evaluate.

    10. PLANNING THE WAY FORWARD FOR INTERNAL AND EXTRNAL MAINSTREAMING OF HIV AND AIDS, TB, MALARIA, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES.
    ACTIVITY PLAN
    ACTIVITY RESPONSIBLE PERSON TIME FRAME EXPECTED OUTCOME
    Conduct workshops on mainstreaming Circuit coordinators , Pastors and Deans May 2015 Involvement in Health and Wellness issues and activities
    Launch mainstreaming in all circuits Circuit coordinators and committees , Chaplains Pastors August 2015 Level of engagement in mainstreaming
    Candle lighting Circuit coordinators, Circuit committees, Deans and Pastors July 2015 Level of participation
    World Cancer day Circuit coordinators, Circuit committees , Deans and Pastors October 2015 Level of interest to test for cancer
    16 days of activism against women and children Same as above November 2015 Concern and involvement on related issues against women and children.
    World Aids day to congregants and community. Same as above and all Departments , DSD December 2015
    COMPILED BY: Secretary for Health and Wellness Project Mrs Dudu Shandu(assisted by Ms Londiwe Mbatha-KwaNodwengu Circuit)
    DATE : 17.04.2015

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