WCC offers workshop on health and healing at African Youth Congress

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The workshop was designed to help participants strengthen their role in the health ministries of their churches.

Among the many challenges facing young Africans are health and health-related issues, including mental health, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health.

The workshop provided insight into a model of health-promoting churches and explored opportunities for youth action for a healthier Africa. It also provided examples of good practice in youth action on HIV prevention, including behavior change, treatment and care.

Through presentations and small group discussions, youth explored ways to improve their personal health and that of their communities. The participants were delighted to receive the publications from the Health Promoting Churches which they say will be very useful as they try to implement in their churches what they learned at the congress.

WCC staff also offered advice and guidance to delegates attending the congress, listening to their concerns on health issues, including HIV, mental health and sexual and reproductive health.

Through confidential one-to-one consultations, young people found a safe space in which to voice their concerns and explore a way forward.

Organized by the Pan African Conference of Churches, the Pan African Youth Congress, taking place from October 31 to November 5, focuses on organizings continental youth campaign on African patriotism. Another of its aims is to create awareness of the existing potential and opportunities that would inspire the use of talents and gifts to build a prosperous continent.

More than 1,000 young people – aged between 15 and 35 – from across Africa are attending this event, which is the first of its kind.

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