A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

World Aids Day 2013

Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 in Charity, Community, Health, HIV/Aids

This year to mark World Aids Day, Trocaire will be presenting a special photographic exhibition. World Aids Day, Sunday 1st Dec 2013                www.trocaire.org/hiv World Aids Day is an internationally recognised day to raise awareness about  the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to […]

World AIDS Day

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 in Health, HIV/Aids

December 1st is World Aids day. It is a day to remember the millions of people who have died from the virus as well as those still affected. It is also a day for solutions and finding ways to prevent further deaths.  Sr. Miriam Duggan, the congregational Leader for the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, […]

World AIDS Day

Posted on 14. Nov, 2007 in Discrimination, Health, HIV/Aids

December 1st is World AIDS Day.  All over the world people will be looking for ways to combat the disease.  Over 4,000 people in Ireland are HIV positive.  Modern medication means that many of them will expect to live long and fulfilling lives, but the daily battle they face is stigma.  Miriam Gormally met people […]

Open Heart House

Posted on 17. Oct, 2007 in Chronic illness, Community, Health, HIV/Aids

AIDS is a problem that we like to think doesn’t really exist in Ireland, but recent studies show that there are over 4,000 HIV+ people living here and over 300 people each year die from the disease.  Open Heart House was established as a place of welcome for people living with HIV or AIDS.   Miriam […]

Nyumbani Hospice for HIV+ Orphans

Posted on 03. Oct, 2007 in Church Teachings, Health, HIV/Aids, Hospice

Sister Mary Owens is a Loreto Sister who has spent several years in Africa.  She currently works at Nyumbani, a hospice for HIV positive orphans in Kenya.  She spoke to Piaras Jackson about her work and how she views Ireland on her visits home.  First she describes her first experience of missionary life in Kenya. 

I’m HIV+

Posted on 27. Jun, 2007 in Health, HIV/Aids

James O’Connor, is membership development manager of open heart house, a place that offers a social outlet to those who are HIV+.  Being HIV+ himself, James has particular insight into helping others living with the disease.  He is also putting his life’s work and experience to good use and is going to South Africa to […]

AIDS Uganda

Posted on 30. May, 2007 in Education, Health, HIV/Aids

Since 1987 Uganda has been struggling against AIDS.   After 17 years of war the country is still fighting this ongoing battle, trying to cope with the problem and to educate the people about how to control the disease.  Sr. Miriam Duggan spoke to Peter O’Connor about her experience there and the solutions that are being […]

Aid for Aids

Posted on 15. Nov, 2006 in Health, HIV/Aids, Humanitarian Aid, Poverty

AIDS is the leading cause of death and low life expectancy in Africa.  In Zambia, where Michael Kelly SJ worked with people suffering from AIDS, the life expectancy is 37 years.  Even a small donation could make a huge difference and with the right political will, the problem could be controlled.   Yet often we are […]

Children and AIDS in Zambia – Michael T Kelly SJ

Posted on 18. Oct, 2006 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Health, HIV/Aids, Poverty

AIDS is a disease that is destroying Africa.  Fr. Michael T Kelly, from Kilkenny has spent most of his life in Zambia working with people with AIDS.  Miriam Gormally asked him about the children, the most vulnerable people with AIDS.  She asked them if there was a stigma surrounding children who have AIDS.