It is recognized that religious leaders have a unique authority that plays a central role in providing moral and ethical guidance within their communities; indeed their public opinions can influence entire nations.
INERELA+ looks to empower its members to use their positions of respect within their faith communities in a way that breaks silence, challenges stigma and provides delivery of evidenced-based prevention, care and treatment services.
Our Vision: INERELA+ envisions a world where HIV and AIDS related stigma, infections and deaths are eliminated.
Our Mission: INERELA+ exists to equip, empower and engage its members to live positively and openly as agents of hope and change in their faith communities and countries.
Members, in partnership with others, overcome self and societal stigma, engage in stimulating faith community responses, and influence policies and service provision.
INERELA+ promotes the ‘SAVE’ approach to HIV, a response that was originally formulated by the leaders of the African Network (ANERELA+). The SAVE approach provides a more holistic way of preventing HIV by incorporating the principles of the ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use) as well as providing additional information about HIV transmission and prevention, providing support and care for those already infected and actively challenging the denial, stigma and discrimination so commonly associated with HIV. Click here for more information.
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New INERELA+ Board
During the Board Meeting held in Washington DC, July 19th a new INERELA+ Board was constituted.
INERELA+ Announces the Appointment of New ED
The Board of Directors of INERELA+ (an international, interfaith network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS) is delighted to announce that it has voted to appoint the Revd Phumzile Mabizela as its new Executive Director, effective 1 December 2012.
Revd Mabizela, an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church of Africa, has vast programmatic experience responding to the HIV epidemic with national and international faith- based organizations, with a particular focus on marginalized communities. She currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Justice for Norwegian Church Aid. Her previous work positions include several years as Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council and as Program Coordinator on Women and Gender at the School of Theology and Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has also worked as a consultant on HIV with many international organizations.
Turning the Tide Together: A Declaration to End the AIDS Epidemic
The Washington D.C. Declaration recognizes the fact that we stand at a unique time in the history of the AIDS epidemic. Through new scientific advances and societal, political and human rights gains, it is possible to turn the tide against the AIDS and begin to end the epidemic in our lifetimes. Drafted by a writing committee of international experts, the Washington D.C. Declaration was initiated in partnership with the International AIDS Society, the International AIDS Conference, and the University of California, San Francisco.