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1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland: On World AIDS Day 2017, the World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA) brought together representatives of faith-based organizations as well as public sector and inter-governmental organizations at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 1 December. The event saw a commemorative prayer service, an interactive art exhibition, and a round table discussion on how to improve access to testing and treatment for children and adolescents living with HIV, particularly by means of education. "Painting for an Education" brought to the event an interactive exhibition, "Kisumu - Nairobi - Geneva - art from them to us", featuring paintings and artwork from HIV positive children and adolescents in Kenya. ”Through works of art, we are able to strengthen the confidence of young people living with HIV, and encourage them to find ways to share their stories,” explained Gelise McCullough, the initiator of the exhibition. “Children and adolescents face a lot of stigma relating to HIV, and we need to hear their stories, and help them get access to education, with all that this means by way of affording the books, uniforms, meals, etc. But ultimately, education is not only vital in itself, but can help young people living with HIV make healthier life choices, for example by adhering to treatment, and it can also offer opportunities to improve their livelihoods, and strengthen their health-seeking behaviour. But if we all do a little, together we can achieve a lot,” McCullough said. Through an interactive workshop, children and adolescents were invited to contribute by producing awork of art of their own. The art was sold, to gather money for school and lunch fees for children living with HIV in Kenya.
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