Church mobilisation on HIV issues

HIV is one of the most difficult issues for churches and communities to identify and prioritise because it is often hidden, not spoken about or discussed, even if people in the community are living with or affected by HIV. 

Tearfund UK has been partnering with local churches worldwide in addressing HIV for more than 20 years. HIV forces the church to look deep and address some of the most contentious issues within society, including gender issues, sexuality, stigma and discrimination, drug use and reconciliation.

The programmes use an inclusive community participatory process called Umoja. Umoja is a Swahili word which means ‘togetherness’. The process mobilises and empowers the local church in serving, inspiring and working with their communities to address the needs within that community. It inspires the church through Bible studies and mobilises them to understand the needs of the community and prioritise areas of action before embarking on an action plan, so that church and community work together to address these issues. 

The HIV and Your Community supplement provides additional information and guidance so the local church is able to identify if HIV is a priority need in their community and how the local church can be mobilised to address the needs of those living with and affected by HIV. 

Facilitator’s HIV supplement to Umoja

HIV and Your Community – English version (PDF 1.6 MB)
HIV and Your Community – French version (PDF 1.7 MB)
HIV and Your Community – Portuguese version (PDF 942 KB)
HIV and Your Community – Nepali version (PDF 1.2 MB)

Church and Community Mobilisation approach

Umoja Facilitator's Guide (PDF 3.4 MB)

HIV-related Bible studies

Hand in Hand Bible studies – English version (PDF 1.3 MB)
Hand in Hand Bible studies – French version (PDF 1.8 MB)
Hand in Hand Bible studies – Nepali version (PDF 4.9 MB)

Technical Guide

UNAIDS Community Mobilisation (PDF 321 KB)

External resources

Integral missions and HIV
UNAIDS terminology
SAVE Toolkit
Channels of Hope
International HIV/AIDS Alliance