HIV and AIDS
You’re probably familiar with the headlines and facts about HIV and AIDS.
Over 33million people worldwide are now HIV positive. Around 15million children have been orphaned because of AIDS. In some countries, like Swaziland, more than a quarter of the adult population is now living with HIV.
But there is hope.
At Samaritan’s Purse, we believe people affected by this disease can lead normal and fruitful lives. We believe the spread of HIV can be stopped. We believe the Church can, and should, be leading the way.
Our approach to the problem
Our experience is that local churches are often best placed to respond to HIV and AIDS – bringing spiritual and physical renewal to hurting people.
That’s why we’re partnering with over 100 churches in ten countries across Africa and Eastern Europe, training and building them up so that they can...
Prevent the spread of HIV - by providing education, correcting misinformation and challenging the behaviour of those who might cause HIV to spread.
Provide care and support – by sharing Good News and being Good News, meeting the very real physical needs (like helping with chores, buying foods, accessing medicines) and the spiritual needs of those suffering because of HIV and AIDS.
Minimise the impact – by helping families find sources of income and tackling the stigma that prevents them from being accepted within the wider community.
On our own, Samaritan’s Purse can have a limited impact on HIV and AIDS. But by working through local churches in places where HIV is prevelant, we are seeing something remarkable take shape...hope, in places for too long deemed hopeless.
Read some stories of how we are helping children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.