Assessing and strengthening church-based responses to HIV/AIDS
The Gauteng Department of Social Services & Population Development has commissioned S&T and the Interfaith Community Development Association to map and evaluate church responses to HIV/AIDS in the province. S&T partner Nobayethi Dube is project manager and describes the project.
The Interfaith Community Development Association (ICDA) together with Strategy & Tactics (S&T) have secured funding from the Gauteng Department of Social Services & Population Development to conduct a study on the role of churches regarding HIV/AIDS. The project was an initiative of the ICDA & S&T, who jointly drafted the proposal.
Initially, we proposed working in three provinces (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal & Limpopo), allowing urban/rural as well as provincial analysis. Since this had not been a call for proposals from any particular institution, the proposal was submitted to several 'potential funders' including the Gauteng Department of Social Services & Population Development. The latter showed interest in the proposal but - reflecting their position - wanted the focus to be on Gauteng.
In the proposal, we set out two phases:
PHASE 1Step 1 - to conduct a mapping exercise to see what churches/denominations are involved in programmes that deal with HIV/AIDS for their members and from the information develop a sample frame;
Step 2 - selecting sites from the sample frame and conducting focus groups with church members and a survey with priests or pastors;
Step 3 - analysing results and reporting; and
Step 4 - the ICDA gives out results to relevant stakeholders regarding findings.
PHASE 2We proposed to facilitate a series of workshops where findings of the study would be given and strategies for future responses would be developed.
The Gauteng Department of Social Services & Population Development could only fund part of
Phase 1. As indicated above, the mapping exercise will include identifying churches that are currently involved in programmes that are aimed at assisting HIV/AIDS affected members. The output for this step is developing a sample frame from which step 2 to 4 can be conducted. It is envisaged that once Step 1 is complete we will then approach other funders to see if they can fund the rest of the research project.