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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.
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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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Welcome Programme Manager Reverend Sekete Khanye
It gives us great pleasure to introduce to you our new Programme Manager. Rev Sekete F. V. Khanye joined us at the beginning of March 2014. He comes to us with a lot of knowledge, experience and skill. Rev. Khanye has done a lot of work on policy development, programme design and project management especially in relation to HIV and AIDS, gender and education issues. He is also familiar with the Ecumenical and Faith community and the issues this community seeks to respond to.
We sincerely hope we will all give him as much support as possible as he strengthens our programmes and works on improving communications within the network and with our global partners.
AIDS 2014: Faith-based Campaigners to Step up Response to HIV
Representatives of faith-based organizations and people of faith living with or affected by HIV will be calling for an even stronger global response to HIV during an interfaith pre-conference held 18-19 July in advance of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Speakers include Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS; Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service, and Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, Executive Director, International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+), South Africa.
“Stepping up in Faith: The Interfaith Pre-conference to AIDS 2014” will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne. The event, open to all with an interest in the faith-based response to HIV, is expected to draw over 100 religious leaders, advocates, youth, people living with HIV, and persons engaged in the on-the-ground response to HIV. Click here for more information