Education empowers Sisters and the people we serve.

Our support for training gives African women religious two important tools in addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis:

    1. advanced education as administrators, pastoral ministers, and caregivers; and
    2. a network of Sisters who can offer professional problem-solving and ongoing spiritual support.

Through AAC:SS-supported conferences, participants are better able to:

    • transform social attitudes that impede effective responses to HIV/AIDS.
    • apply up-to-date information about the transmission, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
    • help individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS with action plans to overcome the social stigma associated with the disease.
    • administer complex healthcare programs which demand increasingly higher-level skills.
    • address a multiplicity of health concerns associated with HIV/AIDS such as addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness.
    • build a network of Sisters who can rely on one another for professional expertise and spiritual guidance.

Regional Conference


Zesa Training Center, Harare

Preparation for Regional Conference 2019

(Executive Team, Coordinators and Committees)
Attendance: 200 expected from Malawi, Zambia, and
Zimbabwe; representatives from Cameroon, Nigeria,
and Uganda will also attend.

Past National Conferences

Uganda National Conference

  • First Conference
    (Jinja, Uganda) April 30 to May 6, 2006
    114 Sisters

Nigeria National Conference

  • First Conference
    (Abuja, Nigeria) November 27 to December 2, 2006
    40 Sisters
  • Second Conference
    (Ibadan, Nigeria) November 26 to December 1, 2007
    33 Sisters
  • Conference for Major Superiors
    (Benin City, Nigeria) January 23 to 26, 2009
    35 Religious Superiors

Cameroon National Conference

  • Anglophone Conference
    (Bamenda, Northwest Province) November 29 to December 5, 2006
    69 Sisters
  • Francophone Conference
    (Bafoussam, Western Province) August 26 to September 1, 2007
    48 Sisters
  • Conference for Formators
    (Mimetala, Cameroon) September 26 to 28, 2008
    46 Sisters
  • Conference for Major Superiors
    (Yaounde, Cameroon) January 19 to 20, 2009
    53 Religious Superiors
  • Francophone Conference
    (Garoua, Northern Province) October 22 to 24, 2009
    23 Sisters

Zambia/Malawi National Conferences

  • First Conference
    (Lusaka, Zambia) September 25 to October 3, 2008
    75 Sisters

Regional Conferences

South East Africa Conferences


  • First Conference
    (Nairobi, Kenya) August 12-17, 2003
    8 Countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
    107 Sisters

Southern Africa Conferences

  • First Conference
    (Gauteng, South Africa) April 20-25, 2004
    7 Countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
    85 Sisters

West Africa Conferences


  • First Conference
    (Enugu, Nigeria) February 6-12, 2005
    6 Countries: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Nigeria
    78 Sisters

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