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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS): Access to life-saving drugs was high on the agenda of the 13th International AIDS Conference, but Church participants focused primarily on caring for those living with HIV and AIDS.

“It was evident at the conference that the Church is very involved in work at (a) grass-roots level,” said Dominican Sister Alison Munroe, who heads the AIDS office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Pretoria.

She used the example of Nigeria, “where 40 per cent of the care to people living with HIV/AIDS is provided by the Church”.

Church representatives to the July 9-14 conference in Durban, South Africa, gave many presentations on caring for orphans and providing home-based care for the dying, Sr Munroe said.

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