The first cases of AIDS were diagnosed in 1981. Since then there has been a rapid spread of the disease worldwide. Most countries now have people with AIDS or infected with HIV. The spread of AIDS has been very rapid and there is no cure for the disease. Dr Patrick Dixon and Joe Harbison share what has been done to help through ACET and the ACT centre in Bangkok. We hope that this issue will prove a helpful one in providing ideas, information and resources to deal with this new and frightening epidemic. 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 6.

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  • A Christian response to AIDS

    By Dr Patrick Dixon. “It is now clear that the toll of HIV infection around the globe is worsening, especially in developing countries”(Dr Michael Merson, Director WHO Global Programme on AIDS)

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  • Bible study: AIDS and Jesus

    AIDS and Jesus by Rev Tim Oakley, Wundanyi, Kenya. Is AIDS like leprosy? The two are different – but both are feared. Both can isolate the suffering from those around. AIDS now is like leprosy was once – no cure. Since Old Testament times the Jews had treated leprosy as if it was the direct result of sin. Just as sin must be rejected, so a leper was pushed out of his community. Yet it was only a disease – one that can now be cured. We all hope that AIDS will also become curable too. But how ...

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  • Editorial

    The account of the visits made by Godfrey helps to bring to life the effects of AIDS on family life. It shows the fear that ignorance of the disease may bring, the problems of children who lose one or both parents, the stress on grandparents or others left to bring up orphaned children. It shows too that HIV can infect all kinds of people – even babies and young children. AIDS patients are not social outcasts – they need to feel loved and cared for. What is our response as Christians?

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  • Letters

    Ferro-cement giant! Students at the Nambikkai Foundation in India were interested by the article on Ferro-cement Tanks in Footsteps No 1. They were encouraged to build their own tank to provide water to irrigate the agricultural projects at Manbikkai. Work on their enormous tank was completed within three weeks and then the tank was allowed to cure and gradually filled with water. It has a diameter of just over 9 metres and holds 120,000 litres of water. All the work was carried out by ...

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  • Living with AIDS

    Godfrey is a counsellor with TASO, an AIDS support organisation in Uganda which encourages people with HIV or AIDS and provides practical help and support. Let’s spend a day visiting with him and learn more of what living with AIDS may mean… Case Study One

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  • People with AIDS

    By Joe Harbison.   Rarely a day goes by when we don’t pick up the paper to find more startling news about the spread of AIDS. No matter where the disease came from, or who the high risk groups are, we can all be sure of one thing: AIDS will soon affect every person in one way or another. Everyone needs to be educated about the spread of AIDS and how to prevent infection.

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  • Protect yourself and your clients

    Follow the infection and control rules every hour, every day, every client. These pages have been adapted from an excellent wallchart produced by the IPPF AIDS Prevention Unit. It is printed on tough plastic and contains more information than we can include here. See page 8 for details. We are grateful to IPPF for permission to include this material.

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  • Resources

    Strategies for Hope “Stategies for Hope” is a series of booklets dealing with AIDS, produced by Action Aid and AMREF, Kenya. The booklets provide excellent information and case studies (see examples on pages 1 and 2). Each booklet is based around the work of a different group who have pioneered new ways of providing care, education, counselling and support to people with AIDS, their families and communities. The booklets so far available are:

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  • The neem tree

    Following a recent article on using Periwinkle in the treatment of some cancers, here are some details of how to make use of another plant, the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica), which is known by many different local names e.g. Aria-bepu, Asadina d’Inde, Bowtimaka, Dharak, Margosa, Neeb, Nib, Nimmi, Vaypum, Veppa, etc.

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