The Inter Religious Council
of Uganda-IRCU has rolled out a countrywide HIV/AIDs awareness campaign.
campaign, which involves community dialogues and HIV/AIDs testing, was unveiled
Thursday morning at Busiro landing site in Namayingo district.
Under the campaign, IRCU partners are expected to mobilize a team
of health service providers from different religious groups to voluntarily
offer medical services to communities.
Charles Serwanja, the
IRCU Health Program Manager, says it is the mandate of religious leaders to use
their platforms to sensitize their communities on the HIV/AIDs epidemic.
that faith based institutions cannot add value to their congregations without
ensuring their wellbeing.
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Serwanja also says that most religious leaders have shunned health promotion
programs, which ensure sustainability of their faith ministries, adding that IRCU
is just mobilizing them to wake up.
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He further stresses that, some pentecostal church leaders are found of
discontinuing their congregation from the uptake of ART treatment due to
competition among themselves.
Serwanja warns that, IRCU is coordinating with various local governments and
resident district commissioners to arrest pastors who mislead HIV patients with
promises of miracle healing.
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John Wandera, the Secretary Namayingo District of Born Again Faith Federation,
says their congregation is reluctant to follow health campaigns presented in
"We have done the
initiative of sensitizing different church leaders on the relevance of HIV
awareness campaigns but they have always informed the secretariat that
Christians prefer churches, which preach miracles to those with medical
campaigns. Therefore to maintain the congregation, most of them have chosen
silence on HIV issues," he said.