This paper examines the myriad of public health, sociological, political, and theological issues that are at play when faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide HIV prevention, treatment, and support services to adolescents. It is a case study of these issues as they play out among adolescents living in informal settlements across Nairobi. This paper examines these issues in three sections: a background on the role of FBOs in coordinated, sustained responses to HIV; a description of the particular influence of religion on HIV prevention and sexual health programs for adolescents in Nairobi’s informal settlements living with HIV and receiving their health care from FBOs; and a discussion of the results of a series of workshops held with these adolescents to identify their specific needs and assess whether FBOs could adequately address them.
Are Faith-Based Organizations Assets or Hindrances for Adolescents Living with HIV? They Are Both