Assessing the opportunities of religious institutions on hiv/aids prevention

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University of Dar es Salaam
The cry of HIV/AIDS pandemic has been a tremendous and has touched all aspects of human life. The response to it requires a multicultural approach. Previous strategies employed seem to have failed to attain equitable dissemination of possible ways against the epidemic. Hence, this study investigates the opportunities of religious institutions on HIV/AIDS prevention. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. It used interviews, questionnaires, documentary reviews and observations as instruments of data collection. The study organised in to five chapters, chapter one introduce the study .Chapter two deals with the literature review while chapter four contain results and discussion. The last chapter which is chapter five is summary of major findings and recommendations. Results from the study revealed that religion provides important ethical guidelines and support in navigating day-to-day problems in the society that are increasingly becoming complicated. There is an indefinite role of religious institutions to undertake HIV/AIDS prevention education as well as informative campaigns. Religion also provides unique a link that reaches wider community and sensitise people on the spread of the epidemic. Religious leaders speak to their congregants about HIV/AIDS and discuss the topic in mosques, churches, homes, ceremonies like weddings and burials. With regard to the nature of the tragedy, important issues such as position of religious institution on condom use, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS are also addressed. Indeed, understanding the role of religious institutions on HIV/AIDS prevention would strengthen and improve strategies to deal with the epidemic.
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Religious institutions, HIV/AIDS prevention
Sangai, A.G (2008) Assessing the opportunities of religious institutions on hiv/aids prevention, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.