From Stigma to Intervention

Pentecostals in the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia and Subsequent Effects on the Family

Authors

  • Naar Mfundisi University of Birmingham

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/ptcs.v10i2.215

Keywords:

HIV/Aids, Pentecostalism, Healthcare, Zambia

Abstract

Pentecostals and Charismatics in Zambia continue to contribute greatly on matters that are at the heart of Zambia’s Socio-economic problems. More importantly, their engagement with HIV/AIDS and related issues in the last decade has been profound. The scale of their engagement varies based on the capacity of individual churches. Whether on a congregational or national level, they are actively developing means by which they can help sufferers and their families have a sense of hope. What is clear is that from an initial detached attitude towards civic engagement, privileging evangelism in the preparation of the imminent return of Christ, there is now a balanced message that is accompanied by an engagement with physical problems that the Zambian population continue to face, in this case HIV/AIDS, among other things.

Author Biography

Naar Mfundisi, University of Birmingham

Naar Mfundisi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.

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Interviews

Mr. Frederick Chitangala, Programs Director for Chreso Ministries in Lusaka, Zambia, on 18 April 2011.

Mrs. Maureen, Site Manager for Chreso Ministries in Lusaka, Zambia, on 18 April 2011.

Mrs. Chambwa, Counsellor at Circle of Hope Family Clinic in Makeni, Lusaka Zambia on 19 April 2011.

Mr. Hangoma, Outreach worker at Circle of Hope Family Clinic in Makeni, Lusaka Zambia, on 19 April 2011.

Mr. Murray Nyirenda, Finance Administration Manager at Circle of Hope Family Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia, on 19 April 2011.

Mr. Miti, Social Worker and Adherence and Outreach Officer at Circle of Hope Family Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia, on 19 April 2011.

Mrs. Masozi Ndhlovu, National Projects Manager at Circle of Hope Clinic in Makeni, Lusaka Zambia, on 19 July 2011.

Bishop Banda, Senior Pastor of Northmead Assembly of God, Lusaka Zambia, on 28 August 2011 and 21 August 2010 in Lusaka.

Pastor Helmut Reutter, Senior Pastor of Gospel Outreach Fellowship, Lusaka Zambia, on 18 August 2010.

Published

2012-02-29

How to Cite

Mfundisi, N. (2012). From Stigma to Intervention: Pentecostals in the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia and Subsequent Effects on the Family. PentecoStudies, 10(2), 215–238. https://doi.org/10.1558/ptcs.v10i2.215

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