SUDAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON SAVE AND SSDDIM CONFERENCE UGANDA 1. Introduction 2. Sudan Experience 3. Exposure visits 4. Strategic Action plan Introduction The Sudan experience on SAVE and SSDDIM is based on the exposure visit of 13 Sudanese religion leaders exposure visit to Uganda organized by CA in collaboration with Sudan Council of Church .the exposure visited lasted for about ten days in September ,2007. The exposure visit was aimed at learning from Uganda successful experience of working with different faith groups. ACHIEVEMENTS- 2007-2009 *Out of 27Partners,18 received training on SAVE, SSDDIM 1.Engaged of the religious leaders in North 2.Training Theologians 3.ForSudamation of Sudan Ecumenical network .of theologians on HIV/AIDS (SENTHA) Association 4. PLWHA Care Association are trained to promote SAVE Approach 5.TOT workshops training for theological institution, 2 open forums 6.Religious Leaders in the South and network Southern Sudan Network people Living With HIV “SSNeP+” 7. There are over 16 institutions ; Theological colleges ,Bible Schools and seminaries that has introduced to SAVE method Approach and currently multiplying 8.SAVE concept has been introduced and has been by Christian Aid Partners organization 9.ABC method is limited, SAVE has given answers all workshops, forums SAVE has been embraced and accepted 10. Formation of interfaith council committee in Southern Sudan. CHALLENGIES 1.SSDDIM is sill a big challenge 2. SAVE and SSDDIM concept lack proper training manual 3. Translation of SAVE and SSDDIM into local languages has been lacking 4.Sudan being large country requires, time, resources technically and financially 5.Southren Sudan has come out of war and are still in initial stage in which more time is needed for seeing any meaningful impact or adaptation of SAVE 6. No mechanism of follow up and communication across the country 7. Congregational responses is still low and requires more comprehensive plan for adaptation of SAVE by faith based organization 8. Formation of interfaith council committee in Southern Sudan Future Plans 1.Formation of coordination committee for religious leaders and policy makers for northern and southern Sudan 2.Review of HIV and AIDS religious leaders manual and guideline 3.Form a task force to develop simple guideline training manual on SAVE and SSDDIM, then translated into Arabic and other local languages 4.Follow up workshop in Feb. 2010 to assess the level of implementation of planned activities 5.Review action plan activities,2007-2009 with CA partners Conclusion: The concept of SAVE and the challenges SSDDIM have been widely accepted in Sudan. The method continued to seen as comprehensive and able to address issues which were not easily spoken of such as condom and sex in most of the circles. The SAVE method is drawing more support and being taken as a model that contradict with other.