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
Secours International de Caritas Catholique (Belgium)
*Development & Peace (Canada)
*CAFOD (England & Wales)
Secours Catholique (Caritas France)
*Cordaid (The Netherlands)
Catholic Relief Services (USA)
The following CIDSE members organisations*:
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
Medical Mission Institute (Germany)
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.