Our Mission

Creating collaborative strategies by and among African Women Religious for the prevention of HIV-AIDS and the support of those affected by it in subSaharan Africa.

Together we can offer our sisters in subSaharan Africa an opportunity to come together to empower each other and to unite in order to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

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...