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Anglican Bishop speaks against discrimination of People Living with HIV

Written by  Watson Maingo

Salima, August 25, 2014: Anglican Bishop for Lake Malawi Diocese Rev. Bishop Francis Frank Kaulanda has stressed that the Anglican Church does not tolerate stigma and discrimination of people based on their HIV status.

The Bishop made the remarks at ST Johns Anglican church in Salima on Sunday during the HIV and Aids open day for the diocese celebrated under the theme “Church as serving Community’.

“The Anglican church especially the Lake Malawi Diocese shall not discriminate of  people because of their HIV status in giving positions and responsibilities, we shall offer the opportunities to all based on their capability and we know that HIV positive people like everybody else have those capabilities,” said Bishop Kaulanda.

Kaulanda further said the Anglican Church takes HIV and Aids Like any other illnesses such as cancer and see no reason for stigma and discrimination to those that are found with the virus.

The bishop explained that the church’s role in the society is to preach, teach and give hope to those in distress.

“The church is supposed to support and give hope to all people in suffering disregarding what they are suffering and if we isolate and discriminate a certain group that means the church is playing double standards,” said Kaulanda.

He added “If the congregation does not support those that are suffering it is a falling its obligation and the congregation that does not serve others is as well as dead.”

Kaulanda said that apart from taking a stand against stigma and discrimination the Anglican Church is implementing different activities to reduce the spread of HIV and the suffering.

“Some of the activities that we are implementing through our parishes include teaching people on how to prevent catching the virus, encouraging people to go for HIV testing, and economic empowerment of those that have already contracted the virus so that they should be able to sustain themselves,” said the man of God.

Kaulanda said it is important for the church to work together with government is reducing the spread and the impact of HIV as both entities depend on health people for them to exists and enhance sustainable national development.

The Bishop revealed that the Anglican Church agreed during its 2013 synod that on the every Pentecostal eleven the synod church should be holding special functions to remember those that died with AIDS.

The Diocesan HIV/Aids coordinator Father Francis Z. Takirima said that the church uses its own resources and some from National Aids Commission to implement its HIV and Aids activities.

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