Bishops attend All- Africa HIV/AIDS workshop

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane opened the All- Africa Anglican Conference HIV/AIDS workshop in Boksburg, South Africa Monday by urging delegates to find an "African solution" to the pandemic.
Ndungane said the conference, which was attended by Archbishops of Congo and Ghana as well as bishops from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Burundi and South Africa should strive toward a generation without HIV/AIDS.
"The initiative to find an African solution to the pandemic has attracted international support and the conference," said Ndungane.
About 130 delegates representing 34 countries are attending the conference.
South Deputy President Jacob Zuma was also scheduled to address the four-day conference late Monday.
Former President Nelson Mandela's wife, Mrs Graca Machel is scheduled to speak to the delegates on Wednesday morning.
Government statistics indicate that about five million people in South Africa live with HIV/AIDS.
Indications are that South Africa has the fastest rising HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world.
"We have an alarming tendency to be dazzled by statistics and a great need to put a human face to the people who are infected and affected by AIDS," said Ndungane.
"The greatest contribution each of us can make in life is to make a difference in another person's life.
" Delegates to the conference are expected to put together the "beginnings of a strategy" and action plan to tackle the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
At the same time a group of partners representing 36 organisations, including donors, organisations involved HIV/AIDS work and pharmaceutical companies were looking at ways of assisting the conference's initiative.
These partner organisations include Christian Aid, World Vision International, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Action AID, MAP International, UNAIDS, US AIDS, USPG, the World Bank, and Episcopal Relief and Development.

13 august 2001 23:07:00

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