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UMNS# 04561-Faith-based groups approve code for addressing

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Date Tue, 30 Nov 2004 17:45:41 -0600

Faith-based groups approve code for addressing HIV/AIDS 

Nov. 30, 2004	 News media contact:   Linda  Bloom * (646) 3693759*  New York {04561}

NOTE: World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. Additional articles on AIDS can be found at

 From the World Council of Churches*

At least 19 faith-based organizations are among the 160 initial signers of a
new Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS. 

"Faith communities all across the globe are living with HIV and AIDS, and are
also on the front line of responding with care, support and education for
prevention," said Linda Hartke, coordinator of the Ecumenical Advocacy
Alliance. "We must accept the challenge to carry out this work in ways that
promote good practices - effective and collaborative services and advocacy -
in the context of the global response." 

The Code of Good Practice was developed through a steering committee of 11
organizations, including the World Council of Churches, to ensure
accountability and quality programming with the expanding involvement of
nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, in preventing and treating HIV and

Faith-based organizations that have signed the code include Action by
Churches Together International, Bread for the World, Christian Aid, Church
of Sweden, the Conference of European Churches, DanChurchAid, Diakonie
Emergency Aid, Difaem -- German Institute for Medical Mission, Ecumenical
Advocacy Alliance, Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism, Hope for Eastern Europe,
the Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief, Norwegian Church Aid,
the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Alliance of YMCAs, the
World Council of Churches, the World Student Christian Federation and the
World YWCA. 

By signing the code, NGOs publicly signal their endorsement of its principles
and their commitment to implement them in their work. Details are available
at on the Web.

*The World Council of Churches is an ecumenical organization with main
offices in Geneva. The United Methodist Church is a major supporter.

News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or


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