The responses of a faith-based organisation to the challenges of HIV/AIDS : a case study of Maseru United Church in Lesotho

Anozie, Ifeoma Edith (2011-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology. Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management))--University of Stellenbosch, 2011.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There are some members of society who feel that the church has been very slow and judgmental in their responses to HIV/AIDS. Yet many feel that the church has been compassionately working with people affected and infected by the virus. There are also those who feel that churches were slow initially but have now overtaken even the government in responding to HIV/AIDS. Considering these conflicting attitudes, the aim of this research paper was be to ascertain the true position of faith-based responses to the challenges of HIV/AIDS. To solve this problem, Maseru United Church in Lesotho was used as a case study. This research determined the responses of Maseru United Church to the challenges of HIV/AIDS, the constraints that have hindered Maseru United Church from responding to the challenges of HIV/AIDS and investigated suggested ways of ensuring effective responses.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Daar is sommige mense in die gemeenskap wat voel dat die kerk stadig en veroordelend is in hul reaksie tot MIV/VIGS. Daar is ander wat voel dat die kerk empatie toon teenoor mense wat deur MIV/VIGS geinfekteer en geaffekteer is. ‗n Ander groep voel weer dat die kerk aanvanklik stadig was met hul reaksie teenoor MIV/VIGS maar nou meer bied as die regering. Met inagneming van die kontrasterende houdings, is die doel van hierdie navorsing om die werklike posisie van geloofsorganisasies rakende MIV/VIGS te bepaal. Maseru se Verenigde Kerk in Lesotho is hier as ‗n gevallestudie gebruik. Hierdie navorsing het die reaksie van Maseru se Verenigde Kerk rakende MIV/VIGS bepaal, sowel as die hindernisse wat hul ondervind het en ook maniere voorgestel om effektiewe reaksie te verseker.

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