AbstractsWomens Studies

An ethical analysis of the responsibility of the church towards women infected by HIV/AIDS : with particular reference to St Francis Care Centre and Sparrow Village

by Marlene Lorraine Martin

Institution: University of South Africa
Year: 2009
Keywords: Catholic church; HIV/Aids; Spirituality; Christian community
Record ID: 1414342
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2686


This dissertation examines the participation of the church and Christians in the lives of women who are infected and affected by HIV/Aids in South Africa. To this end two Christian facilities; Sparrow Village and St Francis Care Centre, were examined in order to gain insight into the ethical issues of knowledge of patients and caregivers, the prevention measures being taught and the care facilities available to women in the plight in which they find themselves. A partial survey was conducted into the current policies and contributions by the church in an attempt to assess new ways to combat the disease. Medical information was examined as to what the virus is and how it is transmitted and reasons why women are particularly vulnerable to the virus. The dissertation seeks to understand practical ministerial ways in which the church should participate in women’s lives while being sensitive to the cultural, social and political and economic elements involved.