Point exclusive: Knocking back HIV in Nigeria

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Stepping outside the box, as opposed to thinking outside the box, was necessary to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria- especially for a couple with no medical training and nearing retirement.

by Art and Dorothy Helwig

When we were appointed Converge missionaries to Nigeria in 2002, the most common question people asked was, “Why would people preparing for retirement make a 10-year commitment tin response to such a daunting challenge?” Our answer was simple: “God’s call was crystal clear.” We had no reservations about the size and complexity of the task.Art had visited this part of Africa several times previously and was well aware of the HIV prevalence.

We selected Gembu and southeastern Nigeria because the area was severely impacted by HIV, yet efforts to reduce the disease’s devastating grip on the population were inadequate.

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