Father Gerhard Lagleder founded an aid organisation in South Africa 25 years ago. There he helps people who have AIDS. His work is a success story. He talked to us about it. When Father Gerhard went to South Africa as a missionary, apartheid was still raging in the country. After the fall of communism, the next scourge hit the country: AIDS spread rapidly - and people have to live with it somehow. In the meantime, treatment has made it possible to live almost normally despite the infection.
In the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, which the Benedictine founded, infected people receive medication, malnourished children are fed, there is a scholarship fund, an emergency aid fund, a hospice and much more.
Father Gerhard grew up in Regensburg, was a paramedic with the Malteser and then became a missionary in South Africa. There he saw how Aids was spreading more and more. In his care centre, he started to treat people, to accompany their dying and to take care of AIDS orphans.
A victory in the fight against AIDS in Africa. South Africa is one of the countries with the highest AIDS rate worldwide, almost every 5th person there is HIV positive. That is almost 6 million people. There are 390,000 new infections every year.
In an interview with Radio Stephansdom, Father Gerhard Lagleder talks about the fates behind these figures and reveals why he can declare a victory in the fight against AIDS in Africa.
Mandeni on the east coast of South Africa is the AIDS capital of the world: almost 80 percent of the population there is HIV-positive.
Benedictine Father Gerhard Lagleder has built up the Brotherhood of Blessed Gerhard there, an aid organisation of the Order of Malta.children's home and hospice facilities give hope to the sick:
Not many countries have a higher HIV rate than South Africa. Almost one third of the population carries the AIDS virus. That corresponds to the entire population of Austria. But an Upper Palatine man has set out to help: Father Gerhard Lagleder. He is a Benedictine monk and he is President of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, an aid organisation of the Malteser.
Help for Mandeni, the AIDS capital of the world. Interview by Claudia Bresky, Catholic Editor, with Fr Gerhard.
Father Gerhard Lagleder is a Missionary Benedictine. A monk who does not live in a monastery, but works and prays as a missionary all over the world. But Lagleder follows two vocations: He is not only a priest - but also a paramedic with the Malteser relief service. He combines both in his work in South Africa.
Faith Course: Looking for a Hostel in Zululand. A home for children without a home. Fr. Gerhard Lagleder
A telephone interview by Max Förster with Father Gerhard Lagleder OSB on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2010.
An interview by Radio Horeb with Fr Gerhard Lagleder OSB, President of the South African Maltese (Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard), Diocesan Charity Director of Eshowe, South Africa.
Father Gerhard gives a telephone interview for Antenne Bayern on the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Africa.
Missionary Benedictine Father Gerhard Lagleder set up a hospice for AIDS patients twelve years ago. Since then, he and his staff have been working to prevent and educate people about the dangers of infection. Ulrich Schwab talked to the Benedictine priest about the fight against AIDS in South Africa.
The President of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard is with us in the studio today, and we want to talk to him about his commitment and thus also that of Malteser International to the AlDS sick in South Africa. He is the Benedictine Father Gerhard Lagleder.
He is a Benedictine priest and has lived in South Africa for 17 years. AIDS, poverty and hunger - In Zululand he cares for the poorest of the poor. Father Gerhard was Dieter Bleisteiner's guest during the lunch break at Ramasuri.