Discussion Guide for
Hidden Faces of AIDS After viewing “The Hidden Faces of AIDS,” use this guide to research issues related to the AIDS pandemic, reflect on how the video impacted you, recall what you learned, respond in tangible ways, reach out with life-changing help, resolve to follow God’s Word, and rely on His goodness and power.
HIV (H UM A N IMMUNO DEFIC IENC Y V IR US) uses white blood cells as hosts.
When those cells are destroyed, the body’s immune system begins to fail and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) sets in. From this point on, opportunistic illnesses such as tuberculosis and pneumonia are able to infect the body with virtually no resistance, eventually leading to death. Antiretroviral drugs do not cure HIV and AIDS, but they reduce suffering and can prolong life.
HIV A ND A I DS HAV E A PR O FO UND EFFEC T on household income and
community stability. AIDS pushes people deeper into poverty as medical costs rise and households lose their breadwinners to illness and death. The process of passing on knowledge and expertise—in land preparation, crop cultivation, handicrafts, and cultural traditions—is undermined. Countries and regions lose a large percentage of their working population, which results in lowered food production and fewer professionals in vital roles such as education and medicine.
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T H E A IDS EPIDEMIC IS A MA J O R FA C T O R in the dramatic rise of orphans
and vulnerable children, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. It is estimated that more than 15 million children are orphaned today as a result the disease, having lost one or both parents. The number continues to climb. (Source: UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, 2008)
W IT HO UT I NT ERV ENT IO N, there is a one-in-three chance that an HIV-
NE A R LY 3 MILLIO N PEO PLE IN LO W- and middle-income countries were
E S TA BL IS H ED IN 2003, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is
positive pregnant woman will pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. (Source: UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, 2008)
receiving antiretroviral treatment at the end of 2007. This represents 31 percent of the estimated need. (Source: UNAIDS, Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008)
the largest international health initiative dedicated to a specific disease. The three goals of PEPFAR are to treat at least 3 million people, prevent 12 million new infections, and care for 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children, by 2013.
Research H O W W O UL D Y O U C HA R A C T ER IZ E T HE GENER A L AT T IT UDE where you live
toward HIV and AIDS and those it affects?
A F T E R WAT C H IN G T HESE ST O R IES O F T R A GEDY A ND R ESILIENC E, how has
your attitude changed toward those living with HIV and AIDS? Toward those whose family members are living with or have died from AIDS?
IM A GIN E Y O UR C IR C UMSTA NC E was like that of the 9-year-old girl in Uganda serving
as the head of her household, responsible for the care of her younger sisters and cousins. What would your daily activities include? Your daily concerns? What would you imagine for your future?
Recall IN T HE DO M IN IC A N R EPUB LIC , Rafaela, the mother of two children dying of AIDS,
had one wish. What was that wish, and what motivated her to keep praying for it to come to pass?
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W H E N O N E O R B OT H PA R ENT S die as a result of AIDS, on whom does the
responsibility fall for the children’s care? What challenges are faced by caregivers and the children left behind by AIDS?
IN M A L AW I, W IT H T HE HELP O F WO R LD V ISIO N, young people are becoming a
voice of courage in their community. Two times a month, a club puts on performances that aim to do what?
R E C A L L W O R L D VISIO N’S WO R K in AIDS-affected communities over the past decades.
What specific types of programs and resources are available through World Vision to communities working to break the cycle of poverty and address the AIDS pandemic?
Respond IM P R O V IN G H IV A ND A IDS EDUC AT IO N is crucial to not only slowing the spread of the
virus but also breaking down stigma and discrimination against people who are HIV-positive. How will you contribute by sharing accurate information about HIV and AIDS with your family, peers, and community?
W HO IS GO D calling you to serve today?
Reach Out Consider making a difference in the following ways:
S P O NS O R A C HILD LIV ING in an AIDS-affected community for just about $1 a
BE C O M E A N A DV O C AT E FO R C HILDR EN affected by HIV and AIDS. Urge
day through World Vision. Provide your sponsored child with access to critical basics, such as clean water, improved nutrition, healthcare, and education. Your gifts will provide hope to your sponsored child and his or her community as they face the daily reality of HIV and AIDS. For sponsorship information, visit www.worldvisionresources.com and click on the “sponsor a child” icon.
Congress and the Administration to respond to the crisis by increasing U.S. funding to combat the global HIV and AIDS crisis and ensuring children and their needs are not overlooked.
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E NC O UR A G E Y O UR C HUR C H O R O T HER GR O UP to host a Caregiver Kit
assembly. These kits are given to World Vision volunteer caregivers in Asia, Latin America, and Africa who are caring for people living with HIV and AIDS. Each kit equips caregivers with a year’s worth of the practical materials they need to improve and prolong lives while preventing further infection. For more information, visit www.worldvisionresources.com and click on “programs and events.”
V IS IT T HE WO R LD V ISIO N EXPER IENC E: A IDS . This interactive, walk-through
exhibit gives you a glimpse into the life of a child affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. Visit www.worldvisionresources.com and click on “programs and events” for dates and locations near you.
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R E L IGIO N THAT GO D O UR FAT HER accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look
after orphans and widows in their distress ... —James 1:27
DE F E ND T H E C A USE of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor
and oppressed. —Psalm 82:3
GO D S E T S THE LO NELY in families … —Psalm 68:6
A N D IF Y O U SPEND Y O UR SELV ES in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs
of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sunscorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. —Isaiah 58:10-11
Rely PRAY THAT:
FA M ILY M EMB ER S A ND FR IENDS C A R ING for those with HIV and AIDS and
those orphaned by the disease will be strengthened and find support to keep providing for their families and caring for the sick.
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GO D W IL L CO NT INUE T O USE Y O UNG PEO PLE like those in Malawi as
T H E M IL L IO NS O F PEO PLE SUFFER ING without medication will receive
leaders to educate others about prevention, transmission, and treatment; diminish ignorance and discrimination against those living with HIV and AIDS; and create positive change in their communities.
access to the antiretroviral drugs and other medications they need, and that leaders, policymakers, doctors, and others involved would find solutions to the problems associated with HIV and AIDS.
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About World Vision W O R L D V IS IO N is a Christian humanitarian organization
dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. We see a world where each child experiences “fullness of life” as described in John 10:10. And we know this can be achieved only by addressing the problems of poverty and injustice in a holistic way. That’s how World Vision is unique: We bring 60 years of experience in three key areas needed to help children and families thrive: emergency relief, long-term development, and advocacy. And we bring all of our skills across many areas of expertise to each community we work in, enabling us to care for children’s physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Partnering with World Vision provides tangible ways to honor God and put faith into action. By working, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of children and families who are struggling to overcome poverty. To find out more about how you can help, visit www.worldvision.org.
About World Vision Resources E NDING GL O B A L PO V ERT Y and injustice begins with education:
understanding the magnitude and causes of poverty, its impact on human dignity, and our connection to those in need around the world. World Vision Resources is the publishing ministry of World Vision. World Vision Resources educates Christians about global poverty, inspires them to respond, and equips them with innovative resources to make a difference in the world.
For more information about our resources, contact: World Vision Resources Mail Stop 321 P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 Fax: 253-815-3340 email@example.com www.worldvisionresources.com
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