Tearfund's vision is that, by 2016, in the communities where Tearfund and its local partners work, the spread of HIV will be halted and its impact reversed. Tearfund believes that locally owned and locally driven responses, including those by faith communities, are the key to achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Our vision is based on the potential of the local church to play a distinctive role in the response to HIV.

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Focus countries

Tearfund HIV strategy focuses on ten High-Intensity Areas, developing country-specific, Tearfund partner HIV strategies which can be funded and implemented.

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Corporate HIV strategy

By 2016, Tearfund aims to stop and reverse the impact of HIV where we work by supporting those affected, promoting access to healthcare and treatment, and tackling the stigma often associated with the virus.

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Preventing parent-to-child transmission

Virtually eliminating parent-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 is a key goal of the global HIV community.

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Church-based response to sexual violence

Tearfund is supporting church leaders who are showing leadership in challenging attitudes around gender-based violence and is working with churches that want to equip themselves to demonstrate compassion and care for those affected by sexual violence.

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Palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families, providing pain treatment and physical, psychosocial and spiritual support.

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Sustainable livelihoods

The lack of adequate income due to poor livelihoods impacts the well-being and health of those living with HIV.

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Church mobilisation on HIV issues

Empowering the local church to serve and work with their community to address the needs of those living with and affected by HIV.

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Access to treatment

Treatment with antiretrovirals (ARVs) has transformed the prognosis for people living with HIV. However, 8 million people still lack access to treatment.

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