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To reach men and children with testing and HIV services; and to promote justice for children


These communication prototypes incorporate messages of hope and information on HIV to enhance demand creation for appropriate and targeted HIV testing, including HIV self-testing, linkage to treatment and retention in care with a special focus on men and children; and to promote justice for children. 


Over the past years, faith communities and faith leaders from 10 sub-Saharan African countries have been involved in discussions on how to end the HIV epidemic and ensure the future health of our children, adolescents, men and women. These examples of messages are the result of both research and of the critical discussions during which local leaders have proposed community-based ideas and solutions.


Religious Leaders from different faith traditions are encouraged to use the communication prototypes in their faith communities. Indeed, faith leaders have such an important and unique role to play in stopping the spread of HIV: by sharing messages about the value of testing and of adhering to treatment; by building strong relationships with families and partners; and by impacting their communities with stories of hope.


The HIV messages of hope are integrated into sermons, educational talks, homilies, reflections, prayers and other religious materials for use in churches, mosques and beyond places of worship.

We are confident that the information and the new messages of hope contained in these communication prototypes will inspire you to guide, support and accompany your faith community to bridge the gaps in HIV testing, treatment, care and support for men and children.




To accelerate community mitigation of the impact of COVID-19



These Messages of HOPE on COVID-19 aim to accelerate community mitigation of the impact of COVID-19 by engaging effective key national influencers and faith leaders to help communities rapidly accept life-saving aspects of behavior change that are urgently needed, in the areas of physical distancing, hand hygiene, covering of face and mouth, quarantine and isolation measures, among others. The Messages on COVID-19 have been identified by faith leaders and representatives of faith groups engaged in the Faith and Community Initiative.

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