"As late as the 1988 Lambeth Conference, bishops from Africa were denying that there was a disease called AIDS". The situation has changed now and the Cape Town joint meeting passed a resolution "that calls for a universal response to AIDS". Several African churches, including those of Uganda and Tanzania have developed AIDS education and prevention programs.
"Many families in Uganda permanently live on the edge of survival. The fragile economy of the country has been further damaged by AIDS. Approximately 10,000 new cases of AIDS are being reported a month in Uganda. One out of every 10 adults in the country is HIV infected ... Earlier this year a five-day conference on `Women and AIDS' was held in Bishop Tucker Theological College, Mukono, Uganda, which brought together women in leadership roles from all over Uganda to discuss the particular problems women face in relation to AIDS and HIV. The conference was co-ordinated by the Church Human Services AIDS Program (CHUSA). This report is edited from the conference and an article be the Revd. Mabel Katanweire."
A description of the week long visit to the Church of the Province of Uganda by the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Primate of the Episcopal Church. The visit began 28 May 2003 and was timed to include the celebration of the Feast of the Martyrs of Uganda on 3 June. At an address to the Uganda Joint Christian Council "Griswold talked about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and how `the effect was to teach us in the U.S. that we are vulnerable -- a lesson hard to bear. In that moment we joined the world community where suffering and violent death are a daily reality'. In a subsequent letter to the primates of the Anglican Communion, he said that `this is a moment in which the U.S. might ask about our relations with the rest of the world, examining our politics in light of world suffering. The fundamental message', Griswold said, `is one of reconciliation. How can we as a nation seek to be an instrument of reconciliation'." Griswold visited a project supported by Episcopal Relief and Development and observed some of the many projects begun by the Ugandan Church's Planning, Development and Rehabilitation office. He heard from bishops in the north who have suffered most from the depredation of the Lord's Resistance Army and of the almost one million people internally displace and living in camps. AIDS is also a great problem and the continuing challenge of tribalism.
The Advent 1996 issue of the International Anglican Family Network "tells of just a few of the projects, linked with churches, which are trying to alleviate the suffering and halt the spread of the disease. In this terrible situation there are signs of hope." Article includes reports from 12 different countries.
Two thousand people attended a conference in Kabale, Uganda, only 12 miles from the Rwandan border. Eighty Church leaders "spent four days sharing resources and information on successful health, development, AIDS and women's programmes from the Kabale area, which could be replicated in Rwanda. One of the conference keynote speakers, a Tutsi from Burundi, told how his family had been killed during the genocide. "Father Severin's emotional testimony prompted an outpouring of tears and embraces as Hutu and Tutsi delegates moved around the cathedral during an exchange of the kiss of peace." The conference was sponsored by a number of American Episcopalians and other organizations including the Stones Network Inc. and World Vision International.