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Call Me KuchuCall Me Kuchu Movie Screening and Discussion

The Emory University Interfaith Health Program, Joseph W. Blount Center for Health and Human Rights, Emory University Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, and Sacred Worth at Candler School of Theology sponsored a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Call Me Kuchu.

The Ugandan government has made consensual same-sex expression a crime punishable by life in prison.  The government requires those who are aware of “known homosexuals” to report them to the authorities or face imprisonment themselves.  This law was passed in 2014.  Call Me Kuchu offers a snapshot into the religious, cultural, and political forces behind this law.

Gideon ByamugishaHow Speaking Up and Standing Up Can Help Change the World

On Friday, October 18, IHP hosted a Conversation with Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha.  Gideon is a priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda.  His public witness of support and compassion for all people living with HIV/AIDS has helped to shape the global church's best responses to the epidemic. 

Gideon found out he was HIV positive in April 1991, soon after his wife became ill.  Within a matter of weeks she was dead. His colleagues were largely supportive but pleaded with Gideon to keep his infection a secret. He refused, becoming the first known religious leader in Africa to publicly declare his HIV-positive status. It took a decade for Gideon’s singular decision to grow into a broader response, but in 2002, forty-two other religious leaders added their voices to his to found INERELA+: the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV/AIDS. Those voices number in the thousands today and represent a powerful social movement to replace stigma and discrimination with compassion and comprehensive education.

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Imbuto Foundation Tenth Anniversary

Imbuto Foundation AnniversaryIn 2001, the Imbuto Foundation was originally established as the Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS (PACFA) as a project under the Office of the First Lady of Rwanda, Her Excellency Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, to mobilize the resources needed in the fight against HIV/AIDS. IHP's Director, Sandy Thurman, spoke at the Tenth Anniversary celebration in Rwanda, noting the Imbuto Foundation's remarkable growth and unparalleled progress over the last ten years.  Read More>

From Darkness to Light:  An Interfaith Service of Hope and Commitment

As part of a series marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Emory Interfaith Health Program, the NAMES Project Foundation (custodian of the Quilt), The Last One Paneland the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., sponsored an interfaith worship service, From Darkness to Light:  An Interfaith Service of Hope and Commitment.  Dr. James Curran, Dean of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, delivered the keynote address.  Read more>

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Washington National Cathedral Interfaith Service Honoring Those Living With HIV/AIDS

  Quilt Blessing  

On July 18,  Sandy Thurman, IHP Director, joined The Right Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, retired bishop of Washington, pro tempore, Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S., Julie Rhoad, executive director of the NAMES Project Foundation, and The Rev. Gina Campbell, Cathedral director of worship at the blessing of a panel created by St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa.  This panel was blessed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on June 22 prior to being sent to the U.S. for display at Washington National Cathedral.

An interfaith memorial service took place at the National Cathedral on Saturday, July 21 where the quilt was on display and Dean Curran of the Rollins School of Public Health delivered the keynote address. 

Photo:  Julie Rhoad, The Right Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, and Sandy Thurman at quilt panel blessing.

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PEPFAR and Faith-based Organizations:  Partners in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in Global HIV/AIDS

On May 28-30, 2012, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) organized a regional consultative forum in Limuru, Kenya,

PEPFAR and Faith-BasedPEPFAR Conference Organizations: Partners in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in Global HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya, IHP convened representatives from Christian and Muslim faith-based organizations working in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Participants discussed opportunities for faith-based organizations to enhance their role in sustaining community and country-led responses to HIV/AIDS.  Over the course of three days, participants shared best practices, lessons learned, and narratives about innovative and effective responses to addressing the needs of individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Faith Based and Public Health Partnerships:  Strengthening Community Networks

National Partners

IHP, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted a conference in April, “Faith Based and Public Health Partnerships:  Strengthening Community Networks.”  

By building strong partnerships across a broad range of faith-based, private, and public health organizations, we are able to reach vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations for the prevention of seasonal and pandemic influenza.  Linking and activating these trusted community and faith-based networks makes it possible to engage a broader range of social structural factors that can impact cross-cutting, systemic barriers to health equity.  Read more>>

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