The implementation of the Isiseko Sokomoleza HIV/aids programme in the diocese of false bay: a critical theological investigation
Lambrechts, Desmond J.
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The multidimensional nature of the AIDS pandemic continues to pose challenges within all spheres of society, for example health and religion, human rights, social development politics, economics, human sexuality, and Christian theologies - in particular, the pastoral and caring ministries, as well as the educational ministries. Its multidimensional nature is further exacerbated by factors of, stigma, gender power-relations, poverty, and violence against women and children. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, in particular the Diocese of False Bay, has responded to the challenges relating to stigma reduction through many programmes, campaigns and workshops. Despite the implementation of the Isiseko Sokomoleza HIV/AIDS Programme in the Diocese of False Bay, it has had a limited impact on reducing the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. As such, stigma remains a critical challenge in the pastoral response of the Church. In light of this observation, the question pertinent to this research project is; “What are the most significant reasons for the limited impact of the Isiseko Sokomoleza HIV/AIDS Programme in the Diocese of False Bay?” The framework of Practical Theology, with special emphasis on pastoral care and counselling, will be used as the theological framework to explore the reasons for the limited impact. In order to achieve this goal, the Primary Healthcare Model (2012) introduced in Brazil and Cuba was utilised. This does not imply that HIV/AIDS is only a medical problem, on the contrary, this medical model of implementation assists the pastoral model of the Church to analyse the reasons for the limited impact of the Isiseko Sokomoleza programme.