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Latest News

  • Burundi: SYM helping flood victims

    2 April 2014 - The Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM) in Bujumbura is helping some of its beneficiaries who lost everything when torrential rains swept away their belongings. The rains lashed suburbs of Bujumbura on the night between 9 and 10 February. They left many victims in their wake, who were offered shelter in a camp run by the national Red Cross. Among those affected are 19 people living with HIV who are supported by SYM, a project run by the Jesuit Region of Rwanda-Burundi. Eleven lost everything when their homes crumbled and their fields flooded... Read more

     
  • Cameroonian Jesuit writes book about AIDS in Africa

    2 April 2-14 - Harris Cleaver Tombi SJ has written a book in French about AIDS in Africa. The book, Prévenir le VIH/Sida en Afrique subsaharienne – Pour un engagement responsable du malade (Preventing HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa – towards a responsible commitment of people with HIV) has been published by the Paris-based Edilivre. In his book, Harris insists that the cultural, social, economic and political drivers of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa need to be taken into account in the struggle against the pandemic. Among the factors that have enabled HIV/AIDS to flourish in the continent, we find poverty, injustice, armed conflict and the lack of education among youth... Read more

     
  • Togo: 100 youth attend peer education workshop

    2 April 2014 - Nearly 100 teenagers have attended a four-day workshop in peer education organised by the Centre Espérance Loyola (CEL – Loyola Hope Centre) in Lomé. The young people, aged between 14 and 19 years, were chosen from vocational and high schools in the neighbourhoods of Agoè-Nord and Agoè-Ouest of the capital of Togo. At the close of the workshop, they were missioned to become ambassadors of solid values and models of healthy living for their friends, and to spread reliable information about AIDS in their homes, families, schools and places of worship... Read more

     
  • West Africa: Jesuits plan future of AIDS ministry

    2 April 2014 - Jesuits from West Africa analysing the AIDS ministry of their province underlined capacity-building and enhancing knowledge about HIV as main elements of their future plans. The AIDS committee of the Jesuit West African Province (AOC) met in late January in Cotonou, Benin, to undertake a painstaking analysis of current strategies. Among the emerging challenges they noted were declining knowledge about HIV; the negative impact of some cultural practices; enduring structural violence, especially against women; and the influence of global propaganda promoting an egotistic sexuality that ignores basic African values. To combat the challenges, the committee members decided to emphasise capacity-building of fellow Jesuits in the province... Read more

     
  • Burkina Faso: New centre for AIDS association

    2 April 2014 - There were a dozen or so people, mostly women and children, crammed into the rundown room in Pissy, a neighbourhood of Ouagadougou. They were in a poor state; the room didn’t even have a door or windows. Their families had rejected them because they had HIV. When Félicienne Zongo stumbled upon this sorry situation in 2006, she knew she had to act… fast. She turned to Fr Augustin Goytisolo SJ and together they decided to act. “We mobilised with friends to respond in solidarity,” recalls Félicienne. The result of their mobilisation was the Association les Bénévoles de l’Espérance (ABE). The ABE has grown over the years, welcoming 185 people with HIV and vulnerable children in 2013. And on 8 March this year, the ABE opened a centre to house their activities in Boassa on the outskirts of Ouagadougou... Read more

About AJAN

Jesuits across sub-Saharan Africa reach out daily to people affected by AIDS and seek to prevent the spread of HIV. The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) coordinates their efforts, inspired by the vision: Empowered individuals, families, and communities working towards an HIV and AIDS free society and fullness of life (cfr John 10:10)