A critical theological analysis of the HIV and AIDS policy of the Methodist Church in Swaziland.
Swaziland is one of the countries most affected by HN and AIDS on the entire globe. The impact of the pandemic on the country is enormous with a prevalence of 42.6%. This has been so far the highest in Africa and possibly in the whole world. Due to this unbearable situation, a number of organizations, Church bodies, government and some individuals in the country are trying hard to counter the pandemic. This dissertation therefore seeks to outline the HIV epidemic in Swaziland and understand particularly the response of the Methodist Church to the epidemic. In dealing with the problem, the Methodist Church of Swaziland is using the Methodist Church of Southern Africa's (MCSA) HIV and AIDS policy document. In evaluating the MCSA HN and AIDS policy document, the thesis seeks to investigate the impact of the MCSA's response to HIV and AIDS. It also seeks to reflect theologically on the content of the policy document of the MCSA and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the document and to establish whether it is relevant to the Swaziland context or not. In general the thesis looks at the HIV and AIDS situation in Swaziland, the Shalom concept as well-being, the document summary and also presents a critical analysis in which it discovers that there are good things in the policy document. However due to the theological gaps in the document, there is need for a solid theological foundation for it to be used as a necessary tool or a sine qua non instrument. Conclusively, to strengthen the policy document the thesis recommends a number of things which include also a more solid theological base.
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