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    Anglican clergy trained in HIV & AIDS issues in the church




    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO
    - The Anglican Diocese of Masvingo has taken it upon itself to fight stigmatization and discrimination of people leaving with HIV and AIDS in the church by training the clergy so that they lead by example.
     The workshop was held at St Michael Cathedral Hall on Wednesday last week, where over 40 clergymen from across Masvingo Diocese attended.
    Shepherd Mavhudzi the chairman of the Church's Boys to Men Foundation took participants through the course.
    "Not only are you mandated to the spiritual well-being of the congregation, you must also consider the psychological impact carried by stigma and discrimination," said Mavhudzi.
    The clergyman were taught to accommodate people living with HIV and AIDS in the church and to teach parishioners how to reduce stigma and discrimination in the society.
    Constance Tamai who is the chairperson of people workgroups in Masvingo under the Zimbabwe National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS also encouraged participants to go for testing and counselling together with parishioners.
     "We are happy with the development in our church, it will help in unifying us as a congregation, hopefully it will be received well by the people," said Elizabeth Munyati who attended the workshop. The workshop is the first of its kind and is expected to become permanent on the Church's calendar of events.
    The program was initiated by the Masvingo Dioceses led by Bishop Godfrey Tawonezvi.local news

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