CHURCH DISCOURSE ON HIV/AIDS: A RESPONSIBLE RESPONSE TO A DISASTER?

Miranda N. Pillay

Abstract


The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to evolve and has now reached pandemic
proportions in South Africa and other developing countries throughout the world.
HIV/AIDS presents a challenge to the well-being of individuals and to the public
health of proportions unprecedented in modern history. While the challenge is
scientific and medical, it is also psychological, legal, economic, social, ethical and
theological. It is no longer a question of “why” the church should respond but
rather “how” the church ought to respond. When the churches’ response to the
HIV/AIDS pandemic is analysed within the framework of the disaster management
continuum, one gains a schematic perspective of the current responses as well the
gaps in such responses.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/82-0-902

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