Christian council launches anti-AIDS plan

Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Christian Council which groups the main protestant Christian denominations, has earmarked five million US dollars to finance a five-year strategic plan to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Mozambique news agency quoted the council's secretary general Lucas Amosse as saying Wednesday that this is the first time that the religious body has slotted HIV/AIDS into its strategic plan.
"Churches must stop thinking that speaking about HIV/AIDS is the same as sinning", said Amosse, stressing the need to publicise the dangers of the spread of the lethal disease.
Mozambique's health ministry estimates that 16 percent of the country's adult population is living with HIV, and that around 700 new infections occur each day.
Amosse explained that one of the greatest aims of the council was to increase the participation of churches in socio-economic issues.
Apart from combating HIV/AIDS, the council's strategic plan also envisages to fight for justice, better primary health care, and adult education.

04 july 2001 21:09:00

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