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Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:12

Religious leaders sensitized on ART, faith healing

Written by  Mphatso Lastone Nkuonera

 

Lilongwe, 21 December, 2017:  Pastors and various church leaders from nine districts of the country’s Central Region have been asked to encourage their members to embrace the 90:90:90 HIV/AIDS campaign for a healthy nation.

Speaking to Malawi News Agency (MANA), Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)’s Project Officer, Ellen Moloni said stressed that if church leaders take the 90:90: 90 as part of the key messages in their churches, it would help government realize the decrease of new infections by 2030.

She was speaking on the sidelines of training for church leaders currently underway at Holy Ghost Temple of Malawi Assemblies of God in Salima.

“We realize that if the clergy open up to their church membership on this campaign; then obviously we will complement the government agenda of having HIV/AIDS new cases at zero transmission by 2030,” said Moloni.

“There are other church leaders who do not allow their membership to access clinical medicine, immunization and injection while some restrict people from going for HIV Testing and Counseling,” she added.

She then took a swipe at church leaders who discourage its members from taking ART, saying such religious beliefs and doctrines are retrogressive towards the campaign and the wellbeing of Malawians who, in turn, would contribute to development of the country.

“I encourage men and women of God to seriously shun away from encouraging people to stop taking ARTs after prayer,” she said adding that doing so was not right for the country’s development.

Among the church leaders participating in the training are those from denominations that totally discourage members from accessing clinical health and education services.
The training initiative is implemented under a project called ‘Response to AIDS by the churches for hope (REACH) with financial support from National Aids Commission (NAC).

Participants from Malawi Network for Religious Leaders Living or Affected with HIV, (MANERELLA) Dorothy Mpoola said although faith healing is real, it must go with ARTs.

EAM is one of the Christian registered mother bodies with 112 membership across the country representing 58 denominations and 54 Christian organizations.

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