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GMI Research Report

"...a stunning achievement"
- Christianity Today, August 2006

The Contribution of Christian Congregations
to the Battle with HIV/AIDS
at the Community Level

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At the request of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, GMI prepared a global research report on the churches’ response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic for presentation at the Centre's Summer Mission Briefing, June 7-9, 2005, in Oxford.

In partnership with research centers in India, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Honduras, and Peru, GMI focused on the primary research question, "At the congregational level, what are churches effectively providing to persons and communities affected by HIV/AIDS?" After answering that question, the group went on to compare the churches' contribution with that of secular organizations and governments and to consider ways the capacity of the congregations could be increased.

The contribution of the church is occurring at many levels and through the initiatives of many called and committed individuals. However, the uniquely Christian reasons for involvement in the HIV/AIDS battle and the uniquely Christian contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care are not always understood by those inside or outside the church. This research project, therefore, aims both to tell the ministry success stories from several countries and to challenge churches everywhere to make a greater contribution.

Get Acrobat ReaderThe report is published in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, readable with the free Adobe Reader. On systems with Adobe (Acrobat) Reader installed, clicking the links below will generally open the document in your web browser. This may take a long time for the full report on slow connections. Most web browsers allow downloading the file to your computer. In Internet Explorer on Windows systems, right-click the link and select "Save Target As". In most Macintosh browsers, hold the option key when clicking.

PDF IconExecutive summary (2-page PDF file, 14 KB)

PDF IconConcluding chapter (7-page PDF file, 43 KB)

PDF IconComplete report (75-page PDF file, 786 KB)

PDF IconQuestionnaires for surveys, focus groups and interviews (3-page PDF file, 18 KB)

Contact the author, Stan Nussbaum:

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