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February 23, 2007

[CAPA - Africa] The second CAPA HIV/AIDS TB & MALARIA Strategic Plan was launched at the Panafric Hotel Nairobi, yesterday February 22 2007, in a colourful ceremony presided over by the CAPA Chairman and the Primate of All Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola.

In attendance were eight CAPA Primates, namely; Archbishop Peter Akinola of All Nigeria, Archbishop Bernard Malango of Central Africa, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Archbishop Justice Akrofi of West Africa, Archbishop Fidele Dirokpa of Congo, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi, Archbishop Ian Ernest of Indian Ocean and the host Primate, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.

Other invited guests were CAPA Bishops, CAPA HIV/AIDS Board Members, CAPA HIV/AIDS Provincial Coordinators, CAPA Partners, Church Leaders, Government Leaders, Diplomats, NGOs and the media.

The five-year Strategic Plan's Goal is to strengthen CAPA HIV/AIDS Programme Coordination to deliver sustainable integrated HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria Services and mitigate their impact in Communities by 2011.

The plan focus on six identified and agreed priority areas of interventions and activities including monitoring and evaluation of the programmes, which seek to strengthen programme coordination and service delivery at all levels of the Church and Communities. These are:-

-- HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
-- Tuberculosis Prevention and Care
-- Malaria Prevention, control and care
-- Communication
-- Internal Institutional Development (Strengthen Health and Education and Sustainability)
-- Related issues (Poverty Reduction and Gender equity).

In his keynote address, Archbishop Peter Akinola said, "The Church cannot afford to be indifferent because Christ calls us to proclaim his saving love to a broken, fragmented diseased world. A world in which, each of us is directly infected or affected by HIV/AIDS TB and Malaria."

This plan will be implemented in all the 12 CAPA Provinces and Diocese of Egypt.