Massive progress has been made in relation to diagnosis and treatment of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, since the early 1980s. In 2015, UNAIDS announced we reached the milestone of getting 15 million people on anti-retroviral treatment.
Humanitarian system of donors and UN agencies fails too often to respect or engage with local organisations, including faith leadership and institutions. They tend to lead from the top rather than valuing the experience and practices of those who are already working in communities.
We have to work against the indifference that assigns culpability to others and absolves us of every wrongdoing. The onus therefore lies on everyone to do something to combat and prevent this modern day slavery.
Global temperatures averaging almost 1oC above normal. For people in some parts of the world, this might still seem like a technical measurement, or a future concern. For us in Oceania, it is rapidly becoming a matter of life or death.
Massive food shortages, leaving millions of people hungry, and environmental degradation were two of the issues discussed during Ethiopia Catholic Church Partners’ annual coordination meeting was held on November 5-6, 2015 in Addis Ababa.