Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.
"The day that the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo voted, on 30 July 2006, marked the most significant election held in Africa since the 1994 balloting in South Africa at the end of that nation's apartheid regime. Like South Africans, Congolese voted in their millions, walking up to 50 kilometres each way to the polling stations. The election brought to a close 130 years of foreign invasions, colonialism, exploitation of vast mineral wealth, dictatorship and the consequences of two recent wars that cost 4.3 million lives in just over five years, the most deadly conflict since World War II. Few in the rest of the world were aware of these conditions. The western media largely ignored this region, while the international community and the African contintent seemed helpless to stop the destruction. Civilians, especially women and children, made up the majority of victims". -- back cover.
Contents: Map and description -- Foreword dated November 2006 -- Prologue -- The Black Messiah: Patrice Lumumba -- Les Pillages: Joseph Mobutu -- A Maoist with Commercial Instincts: Laurent Kabila -- Beyond the Bullets and the Blades: Women and Children -- Profits of War: Fat Cats Living in Kinshasa -- The Churches: The Congo Belongs to Us -- Elections 2006: Winners and Losers -- Epilogue: To Our Beloved Sisters and Brothers of the Congo dated July 2006 / Samuel Kobia.
Epilogue "This is an abbreviated version of the pastoral letter sent by Dr. Kobia to the people of the Congo and the member churches in July 2006, shortly before Congo's first election in over 40 years". -- p. .