The Catholic AIDS and HIV Network

What is CHAN?

The Catholic AIDS and HIV Network (CHAN) is a network of Catholic Church-related partnership organisations and religious orders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. They support HIV programmes throughout the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

How does it work?

Participants belonging to CHAN either sponsor HIV/AIDS programmes such as on education, treatment or other services, or directly give care and support for people living with AIDS and those affected by it. They may also give financial or technical support to these programmes, especially in developing countries.

What is the aim of CHAN?

It has been estimated by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care that the Catholic Church is responsible for 25 percent of all AIDS care in the world. CHAN offers an opportunity for Catholic-inspired organisations engaged in this field to learn from each other and to share the challenges they face as well as good practice models.

Which organisations belong to CHAN?

The following Caritas member organisations:

Caritas Internationalis Secretariat

Caritas Aotearoa/New Zealand

Caritas Australia

Caritas Austria

Secours International de Caritas Catholique (Belgium)

*Development & Peace (Canada)

*CAFOD (England & Wales)

Caritas Europa

Secours Catholique (Caritas France)

Caritas Germany

*Trócaire (Ireland)

Caritas Italiana

Caritas Luxembourg

*Cordaid (The Netherlands)

Caritas Norway

*SCIAF (Scotland)

Caritas Spain

Caritas Sweden

Caritas Switzerland

Catholic Relief Services (USA)

The following CIDSE members organisations*:

CIDSE Secretariat

Misereor (Germany)

FOCSIV (Italy)

Fastenopfer (Switzerland)

CCFD (France)

Other members:

African Jesuit AIDS Network

Association Community Pope John XXIII

Catholic Medical Mission Board (USA)

Doctors with Africa Cuamm

Joint Health Commission, Union of Superiors General

Kindermissionwerk (Germany)

Maryknoll Fathers

Medical Mission Institute (Germany)

MEMISA (France)

Missio Aachen (Germany)

Missio München (Germany)

Consultants to CHAN:

Rev Enda McDonagh (Ireland)

Rev Dr Jon Fuller SJ (USA)

CIDSE is an international coalition of 15 Catholic development organisations, working together with organisations and partners in the South and the North on issues of: Advocacy, Peace and Conflict, Development Programmes, and Development Education.


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