Church and Business against HIV and AIDS in Namibia
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) has the mission to evangelize her members on all aspects of life. Hence, the church has established the ELCRN AIDS Program (ELCAP) with the vision to respond to the present AIDS crisis by enabling ELCRN congregation and communities to become sources of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE.
The goal of ELCAP is to help prevent HIV infections, to reduce vulnerability to HIV, to advocate and improve the provision of treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and to mitigate the socio-economic impact of HIV and AIDS on affected individuals, families, communities and the nation.
ELCAP uses a comprehensive approach through the following interventions:
- care and support through home based care to terminally ill clients and their families,
- care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families,
- prevention and support through comprehensive Wellness screening that includes HIV counselling and testing, Blood pressure monitoring, Body Mass Index, glucose and preparation for medical male circumcision,
- Wellness trainings (HIV Peer Education, team building, HIV and health related trainings),
- support groups for Peer education sessions.
In 2000 the ELCRN has realised the need of establishing an ELCRN AIDS Program (ECLAP) to respond to the HIV and AIDS crisis in Namibia and in particular in the structure of ELCRN congregations nationwide. This Synod decision resulted in the expansion of the diaconate services to a more holistic approach of care and support interventions to its members and the communities at large with regard to HIV and AIDS.
ELCRN has also seen the gap of services provided to workers in the Tourism and Agricultural sectors and responded with projects in this sector.
The ELCAP forms part of the International Steering Committee.
The Director of the ELCRN AIDS Program (ELCAP) is Rev Abraham Kheibeb
Telephone: +264 (62) 525209 (office)