Plan of Action

In November 2001, at a Global Consultation on Ecumenical Responses to the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Africa held in Nairobi, African and international church leaders and African ecumenical organizations developed a co-ordinated "Plan of Action". The Plan called for the setting up of an enabling support structure under the WCC, now known as the EHAIA.

With the Plan of Action, the churches committed themselves, among other things, to:

  • ensure that, as an essential resource, PLWHAs are supported and become involved in church activities;
  • promote accurate information on HIV and AIDS, revise curricula for theological institutions, develop participatory educational programmes, empower women and girls, educate men to change their behaviour and take responsibility for containing the spread of HIV;
  • develop curricula and training materials on HIV and AIDS at all levels within the church; equip a new generation of church leaders to engage the churches on issues related to HIV and AIDS;
  • promote effective means of prevention and practices that save lives; promote voluntary testing and counselling;
  • support existing care and counselling structures and build a movement of care that originates from communities;
  • encourage congregations to make available buildings and property for the support, training and care for PLWHAs;
  • support local congregations in caring for vulnerable groups, especially children, orphans, widow(er)s and caregivers; encourage and support networks of HIV-positive clergy;
  • advocate for access to health care, ARVs, and prevention of mother to child transmission.