The Work of ACSS
SubSaharan Africa has nearly 70% of the global population living with HIV. Worldwide, subSaharan Africa accounts for 91% of new infections among children. Stigma, fear and silence contribute to the spread of HIV-AIDS.
Established in 2002, the AACSS partners with women religious in subSaharan Africa to break the silence around the suffering of people affected by the HIVAIDS Pandemic.
Today these women are leading the transformation of attitudes that have long stigmatized people and hindered education for prevention and access to options for care.
Educational workshops in six subSaharan countries Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe have trained 3,000 sisters. AACSS sponsored Counseling Training Programs have educated 150 sisters. Faith formation conferences (engaging 50 sisters to date) enable the sisters to bring information, counseling, education and faith formation to the people, and break the cycle of silence and stigma surrounding HIVAIDS. These programs offer a sense of hope to struggling communities.
While much progress has been made, more work remains. It calls for a multicultural, global response...