World Relief HIV/AIDS
World Relief is at the forefront of addressing AIDS in 10 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Since 1992, our comprehensive strategy focuses on mobilizing and equipping local church and faith-based groups and communities to respond to the epidemic with Christ like compassion. World Relief offers prevention education, care for people living with HIV, support for orphans, and economic strengthening for families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Prevention: World Relief works to prevent the spread of HIV by promoting abstinence and mutual fidelity in marriage, preventing mother-to-child transmission by linking pregnant women to available services, and equipping church leaders to give appropriate counsel about HIV testing and other effective ways to reduce the risk of transmission. A major focus of World Relief’s work has been reducing HIV infection among young people. Since 2004, World Relief engaged more than 2.3 million youth in Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda through interactive peer-based learning to prevent HIV by building life skills and promoting healthy sexual behaviors.
We also trained 53,500 volunteers to create layers of social support for youth. These programs achieve remarkable success and praise by development experts as well as former first lady Laura Bush, who visited the work.
Care: World Relief equips churches to care for people living with HIV. Churches organize support groups and coordinate teams to provide home-based care for those without family or too weak to care for themselves.
Support: World Relief encourages and equips churches to respond to the needs of orphaned children in their community through volunteers that provide psychosocial, educational, nutritional and economic support.
Community Mobilization: World Relief challenges churches to commit themselves and their resources to ongoing, sustainable AIDS-related programs that create HIV awareness and reduce stigma.
Economic Strengthening: World Relief promotes economic strengthening and livelihoods strategies that protect vulnerable families and mitigate the impact of AIDS. These measures prevent deeper poverty, promote the dignity of those living with HIV, and reduce women’s risk of HIV infection.
At World Relief, we are committed to working through the church to create a safety net of hope and compassion for those who suffer with HIV and AIDS and their families.
World AIDS Day 2011 Report