Leading HIV/Aids Goodwill ambassador (Christian Aid), Rev. Canon Dr. Gideon Byamugisha is at St. Paul’s University (SPU) as a resident scholar. Rev. Byamugisha was the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status in his church. He will be spending one year at SPU.
He is pursuing his PhD at the University of Birmingham and chose SPU to do his research. The globally recognized HIV & AIDS ambassador has been feted several times for his work in promoting positive living among both the infected and affected. In 2009 he received the 26th annual Niwano Peace prize in recognition for his work to uphold the dignity and human rights of people living with HIV & AIDS and was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years later.
Rev Byamugishga is the cofounder of African Network of religious leaders living with & personally affected by HIV/AIDS (ANERELA+).
“I hope to consolidate what I have been saying and doing with my research here at St. Paul’s University,” he said.
The Ugandan has passion for nations and communities that are at risk and continues to bring change through his works not only in HIV&AIDS but also in other areas that are seen as challenges to communities especially in Africa like poverty. He is at the moment pioneering a new area of HIV & AIDS study, positive theological ethics.
“I had other choices in Botswana and South Africa but I chose to do my research at St. Paul’s University because I know it to have a tradition of engaging on HIV & AIDS issues,” he told SPU today.
We hope that he will feel at home at St. Paul’s University.