FAITH SECTOR QUARTERLY TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP MEETING – 4TH FEBRUARY 2016
- Update on the National Action Plan (NAP)
- Review of comments from NACC senior management on the NAP
- Activity reporting by the faith sector
- Way forward on the finalization of the action plan.
Discussions on the comments made by the Senior Management on the NAP:
- Activity reports – Can NACC provide a reporting template that the faith sector can use to report what the faith communities achieved in 2015?
- Can the faith sector share newsletters that NACC can use to extract some activities that they are engaged in.
- Can NACC M&E ensure that indicators that the faith sector contributes to are included so as to capture the work of the faith communities.
- HIV messages – The faith community has a wide reach and can be used to disseminate key, relevant HIV messages that are aligned to the KASF. Can the faith sector develop very specific HIV messages to be shared from the pulpit? The faith sector said they already have messages and have used them in different forums. A suggestion was made that the faith sector can disseminate the same key message/messages at the same time so that there is greater impact.
- A word of caution was raised for the faith sector to emphasise on healthy communities as opposed to only those infected and affected by HIV such as the widows and the orphans.
- HIV curriculum in theological institutions – Can NACC get a database of theological schools and colleges and see if they have a component of HIV and what exactly do they teach as these pastors reach the grassroots. Can NACC consider a capacity building forum for these colleges, and the different structures such as the catechist level in the Catholic Church? This can be done by NACC or NACC can identify those that are doing it well so that they share with the rest.
- Greater involvement of PLHIV in the faith communities during services/fellowships to speak about their experiences to reduce stigma. Consider the creation of HIV champions to mentor others to be able to constructively share their experiences so that the messages are relevant and beneficial to the congregation.
- Planned/scheduled HIV messages in faith communities in 2016. Can there be a specific week for example where HIV is discussed, and if possible this can be done on the same week nationwide.
- Faith healing– The faith sector needs to guide NACC on how this needs to be addressed in the faith communities, so as to have one stand as the faith communities – perhaps a protocol?
- The action plan needs to fully harness the strengths brought out in the SWOT analysis.
- The FBOs feel they have not been well represented in the document. Can that be looked at more
Immediate Action Points:
- Jane and Lillian to do a simple template that they will circulate by end of the day and all the faith groups to fill and send to NACC by close of business Monday 8th February,
- Two people (Jane – KENERELA and Imelda NCCK) to join Dr.Osoro to present the Faith sector achievements to The NACC Director.
- Plan a retreat preferably first week of March to finalise the document.
- Identify other people that need to be involved in this process and send the suggestions to Lillian Langat and Dr.Osoro.
Overall Project Completion