FBOs Response - Page 3
Some of the religious institution especially, of the churches which are running clinic centres do provide V.C.T services. The services include normal counseling.
• Pre-marital testing.
This is a specific task all religion in Zanzibar insists on pre-marital testing. The general population acknowledges this as one important way to prevent the spread of HIV.
• Spiritual counseling
No doubt stigma is little by little reducing, still some PLHIV are experiencing it in their own families contacts and community. Therefore the religious leaders working with home based care (HBC) providers and ZAPHA+ do have visits to provide spiritual counseling to ones who need.
- Zanzibar has acknowledged the work and contribution of the FBOs and religious leaders on HIV and AIDS prevention (ZAC and Development Partners).
- Some teams have been recommended to visit learn and change experiences of Zanzibar Inter-faith.
- There are some religious scholars recognized from Zanzibar who have been giving consultations and share knowledge and experiences at high level.
- Guidelines and manuals with the religious concepts have been produced to assist others.
- The inter-faith spirit has brought the people to work together the prevention of HIV and AIDS forgetting their differences. This module demonstration could be applicable to any other program.
- Pre-marital testing has been accepted and acknowledged among one of the important ways of preventing the spread of HIV. Women in particular would make sure that their daughters and sons get tested before marriage.
- Although condom use is very low in Zanzibar, religious leaders have recognized its importance in the prevention of HIV and AIDS. It is sensitive to discuss it openly, and to distribute it freely. Religious leaders accept condom to be discussed in relevant groups. Condom can be used among one of the married couples infected or in the process of pre-marital testing if one is infected to save the marriage. In principle marriage is important and a priority to avoid ZINAA, they comment. They also say that the medical ruling is acceptable as part of treatment in this regard.
- In all faiths stigma is unacceptable. FBOs and religious leaders all are against stigma and are giving full support against it.