The All Africa Anglican Conference on HIV/AIDS, Boksburg, South Africa, 2001
The All Africa Anglican Conference on HIV/AIDS was held in Boksburg, South Africa, in August 2001. The participants included representatives from 12 African Anglican provinces and more than 33 African nations, several archbishops from across Africa, a core of hosts, volunteers and staff from the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA), leadership from the worldwide Anglican Communion, together with donors and observers from international non-governmental organisations and pharmaceutical companies.
The main objective of the conference was to engage the Anglican Communion in a process of strategic planning to guide its response to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference also aimed to provide delegates with a model of planning that they could adapt and use at parish, diocese or provincial level.
The aim of the planning process is to enable the church and its partner organisations to develop appropriate, sustainable plans and programmes aimed at helping those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
The conference followed two tracks:
Track One – Anglican Communion representatives
Delegates participating in this track came from all levels of the Anglican Communion, across all the church provinces of sub-Saharan Africa and included a delegation of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) from a number of African countries.
People participated in four sessions which focused on their experiences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic at a local level, the vision they have about key issues facing their church, and how they believe the worldwide Anglican Communion could best intervene in – and contribute to stopping – the unfolding pandemic.
Track Two – Partner Organisation representatives
Delegates participating in this track included representatives from international donor agencies, HIV/AIDS service organisations, civil society groups and government departments.
Delegates participated in four sessions which focused on their experiences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic at a local level, the vision they have about key issues facing their church communities and how they believe the worldwide Anglican Communion could best intervene in – and contribute to stopping – the unfolding pandemic.
Over the course of four days, participants: