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close this bookHIV/AIDS and Communication for Behavioural and Social Change: Programme Experiences, Examples, and the Way Forward (UNAIDS, 2001, 68 p.)
close this folderTHE UNAIDS COMMUNICATION FRAMEWORK: FOCUS ON THE FOREST, NOT THE TREES
close this folderContextual Domain #5: Spirituality
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View the documentA Spiritual Jihad on AIDS in Uganda

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Workshop participants felt that HIV/AIDS communication programmes should tap into the spiritual domain of human beings. HIV/AIDS deals with issues of life and death, care and compassion, and hope and support, which represent core spiritual values. The workshop deliberations clarified that spirituality is a much broader concept than religion, although, sadly and mistakenly, the two have been used interchangeably.

Spirituality includes values and beliefs about love, tolerance, compassion, sacrifice, hope, courage, patience, and faith; reflections on what is right and wrong, fair and unfair, truth and untruth; ponderings on the meaning and purpose of life, the inevitability of mortality, and the relationship between mind, body, and soul (Relv, 1997). Spirituality as a conceptual tool is very powerful as it cuts across age, gender, caste, class, language, religion, culture, geography, and occupation.