Assets church members believed they needed to engage in effective HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities. We used the three-step forum focus group discussion (FFGD) methodology to elicit responses from 32 church leaders and lay members, representing five denominations in Aba, Nigeria. Concrete resources, health expertise, finances, institutional support, capacity building, and spiritual support connected to the collective interest of members were indicated as useful for church members to engage in HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities. Adequate planning and delivery of cost-effective, appropriate and sustainable health promotion programs require an understanding of perceived church-based assets.


Community-Based Programs, Closing Forum, Health Education, Health Promotion, HIV/AIDS, Prevention, Focus Groups, Forum Focus Group Discussion, Open Forum, Nigeria, Qualitative Methods


This research was in part funded by Loma Linda University School of Public Health Center for Health Research Grant Number: NIH/NCMHD #SP20 MD00162

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