HIV and AIDS isn’t just a health issue, it’s one of the biggest threats to development in today’s world.

More than two thirds of all people living with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, and the number of people living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia has more than tripled since 2000.

For us, tackling the HIV and AIDS pandemic is a matter of justice. The world’s poorest people are the most at risk of infection, and even more at risk of not being able to access life-saving medical treatment and drugs if they do contract the virus.

CAFOD's work on HIV and AIDS

We believe that people living with HIV and AIDS have a right to treatment and care, but also to dignity and respect. That’s why we aim to:

  • prevent the spread of HIV through education programmes about how HIV is transmitted, which help people identify how to reduce their risk
  • tackle underlying problems such as poverty and gender inequalities, which can make people more vulnerable to infection
  • care for those affected, not just by helping them access medication and a nutritious diet, but also through counselling, home-based care, training for work, and support for children left orphaned or otherwise affected
  • campaign for changes to local, national and international policies and systems to ensure people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS have equal rights and dignity: fighting stigma and discrimination; ensuring access to treatment and legal rights
  • join the international World AIDS Day campaign (each year on 1 December) to unite on this crucial issue - standing in solidarity with those affected by HIV and AIDS and demanding action and commitment from decision-makers to provide support and end stigma and discrimination for those affected.

HIV Stigma Reduction Initiative

People living with and affected by HIV by often face stigma and discrimination within their family, at work, and other public settings. Stigma is one of the key factors which undermines prevention, care and treatment efforts, and addressing this is essential. In many communities faith leaders are well-positioned to break the silence about HIV and AIDS, creating all-inclusive communities. In 2013 we implemented our very successful Stigma Reduction Initiative (SRI) which supports faith leaders in Kenya, Zambia and Ethiopia to overcome stigma and discrimination in their communities.

Resources on HIV and AIDS

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  • Stigma Reduction Initiative technical learning booklet CAFOD Stigma Reduction Initiative technical learning booklet CAFOD (3mb, pdf)

    Stigma and discrimination are the biggest challenges facing people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. CAFOD has finished a 3 year project called the 'Stigma Reduction Initiative' (SRI), which was a programme to reduce stigma and discrimination within communities by working through faith leaders. The programme took place in Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya. We have now produced a technical learning booklet which outlines the steps involved in the programme and provides guidance for future similar work.

  • Compilation of resources for faith based response to HIV Compilation of resources for faith based response to HIV (587kb, pdf)

    A collection of selected external resources compiled as part of CAFOD’s Stigma Reduction Initiative

  • HIV vulnerability and inequality HIV vulnerability and inequality (1mb, pdf)

    This CAFOD toolkit can be applied to any development and humanitarian programme.  It aims to ensure that programmes and organisations remain effective, and that they do no harm by considering Vulnerability and Inequality factors (eg HIV, floods, conflict, child protection issues, and gender inequality) when designing and implementing programmes, and in shaping organisational practices and employment conditions.

  • HIV monitoring and evaluation HIV monitoring and evaluation

    These CAFOD tools are for staff and partners to better monitor and evaluate HIV specific projects

  • HIV Factsheets HIV Factsheets

    These CAFOD factsheets for staff and partner organisations looking at integrating or mainstreaming HIV with other thematic areas of work (WASH, Gender, Livelihoods, Child Protection and Extractives). 

  • CAFOD HIV post-2015 briefing CAFOD HIV post-2015 briefing (141kb, pdf)

    A summary policy document looking at how HIV can and should fit into the global agenda after 2015 – building on the gains made in the Millennium Development goals

  • CAFOD's response to HIV and AIDS: Information leaflet for supporters CAFOD's response to HIV and AIDS: Information leaflet for supporters (2mb, pdf)

    An overview of why and how we work on HIV and AIDS with some brief examples of our work

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