2015 PEPFAR Consultation

Building on Firm Foundations: The 2015 Consultation on Strengthening Partnerships Between Faith-Based Organizations and PEPFAR to Build Capacity for Sustained Responses to HIV/AIDS

In May 2012, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with St. Paul’s University (SPU) and Emory University’s Interfaith Health Program (IHP), hosted a consultation on the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in sustaining country and community leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS. Participants included faith leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. In April 2015, PEPFAR, SPU, and IHP once again convened FBO leaders in a consultation to review the recommendations made in the first meeting, further examine critical issues in addressing HIV/AIDS, share valuable insights from experiences in responding to HIV/AIDS, and to chart a path for future efforts.

From the beginning of the epidemic, FBOs have responded with compassion, courage, and expertise.  They represent a key – yet often overlooked – element of effective disease response. Motivated by deep commitments to their neighbors and communities, FBOs have provided a full range of services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. During the last decade, African nations have made great progress in preventing new infections and providing HIV care and treatment, with support from PEPFAR and other partners.  FBOs have been a crucial contributor to this success. As we move into the future, collaboration among governments, communities, and the faith-based sector will remain imperative for strengthening and sustaining prevention, care, and treatment services at both the country and community levels.


CONSULTATION GOAL: To identify, describe, and strengthen the distinctive contributions of faith-based organizations in support of sustained, effective, country-led responses to HIV/AIDS in collaboration with PEPFAR.


  1. Discuss progress made on responding to key recommendations developed at the 2012 PEPFAR Consultation with Faith-based Organizations.
  2. Identify and define the essential elements required to build the capacity of faith-based organizations to support a sustained response to HIV.
  3. Identify and describe innovative faith-based models for working with hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities.
  4. Describe the ways in which a strengthened HIV response for PMTCT and pediatric HIV can support maternal and child health programs.
  5. Describe and define the ways in which gender impacts the risk for HIV infection and access to HIV services for women and men.
  6. Describe challenges and opportunities for faith-based organizations to work with key populations.
  7. Define the priorities and strategies that inform PEPFAR’s global efforts.
  8. Define the role of faith-based organizations and faith leaders in advocacy for universal access to HIV services.
  9. Develop a set of key recommendations to guide efforts to build partnerships between faith-based organizations and PEPFAR into the future.
  10. Develop strategies for faith-based organizations to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.

CONSULTATION HOST: Rev. Canon Joseph Galgalo, Ph.D Vice Chancellor, St. Paul’s University

CONSULTATION CONVENORS: St. Paul’s University and Emory University Interfaith Health Program