hiv_aids.gifA local non-governmental organisation, AFRICARE is working with the centre for disease control and various faith based organisations to find ways of changing society’s misconceptions about HIV and AIDS.

Speaking at a one day meeting held in Harare, AFRICARE Country Director, Dr. Paul Chimedza said it is estimated that most Zimbabweans are Christians.

Dr Chimedza challenged the church to take a leading role in correcting prevailing misconceptions regarding HIV and AIDS which have fuelled stigma and discrimination.

He also noted that majority of people are getting HIV information and the upholding of good morals from the church, hence the need to avail more HIV and AIDS information to church leaders.

AFRICARE Health Programs Manager, Mr. Toendepi Kamusewu said for many years, the church projected HIV and AIDS as a form of punishment for sinners but said the misconception is now changing.

He commended church run hospitals for their excellent job in supporting the national health delivery system.