Overview

INERELA+ is an international, interfaith network of religious leaders – both lay and ordained, women and men – who are living with or personally affected by HIV.

It is universally 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 within their faith communities in a way that breaks silence, challenges stigma and provides delivery of evidenced-based prevention, care, and treatment services.

Mission Statement: To equip, empower and engage religious leaders living with and personally affected by HIV to live positively and openly as agents of hope and change in and beyond their faith communities.

Sixty per cent of people living with HIV are located in sub-Saharan Africa, thus ANERELA+ was merged into INERELA+. Based on the realities of the HIV pandemic in the rest of the world, it was decided to create regional networks based on shared elements of history, language, culture and religion.

The five regions that make up INERELA+ are: Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Central Asia, Southern Africa and North Africa/Middle East.

Since the start in 2006, the networks have grown to encompass over 7,000 members across five continents. These members will mobilize their respective faith communities to provide accurate information and other services to an estimated 2.5 million people around the world, helping to reduce HIV-related silence, stigma, shame, and discrimination, and thereby reducing the number of new infections.

During INERELA+s journey we have grown to encompass over 7,000 members across five continents. These members will mobilize their respective faith communities to provide accurate information and other services to an estimated 2.5 million people around the world, helping to reduce HIV-related silence, shame, stigma and discrimination, and thereby reducing the number of new infections.

Objectives

INERELA+ Vision

A world where HIV and AIDS related stigma, infections and deaths are eliminated.

INERELA+ 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

INERELA+ Goals
  • Overcome self & societal stigma
  • Engage in stimulating faith community responses
  • Influence policies and service provision

In order to reduce significantly HIV infections and deaths.

Objective 1

To Establish and maintain highly effective networks across the globe that equip, empower, and engage members to overcome stigma and discrimination (SSDDIM).

Strategies:

  • Establish and support a global secretariat.
  • Establish and support a regional, and national network coordination mechanisms.
  • Identify, empower, and support religious leaders living with or affected by HIV.
  • Develop policies (communication, organisational management, human resources, and governance).
  • Procedures and plans.
  • Ensure transparency and accountability of the resources of the network.
  • Create partnerships that enhance effectiveness and impact of INERELA+.

Objective 2

To enable members to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate anti-SSDDIM and Pro-SAVE programmes at congregational and community level for enhanced prevention, treatment, care, and support.

Strategies:

  • To develop tools on anti-SSDDIM and Pro-SAVE programming, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • To train and equip members in anti-SSDDIM and Pro-SAVE programming, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • To support members in mobilising resources for programme implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • To document and disseminate lessons learnt.

Objective 3

To build the capacity of the network in effective communication, publicity, and information sharing.

Strategies:

  • Improve communication between and among regional and country networks.
  • To create and manage a comprehensive membership database that includes member’s experiences.
  • Develop an interactive internet site that allows members and the general public to access information about the network.
  • Use available and appropriate communication channels to publicise the activities and impact of the network.
  • Develop and publish materials including books, brochures, videos, and pamphlets.

Objective 4

To enable members to advocate for policies and programmes at global, regional, national, and local community level that reduces vulnerability to HIV especially among marginalised and excluded groups.

Strategies:

  • To develop and apply an internal policy on vulnerability to HIV with special focus on marginalised and excluded groups.
  • To advocate for the universal adoption and application of SAVE as a holistic and non-stigmatising prevention tool.
  • Design, develop, and implement evidence based programmes that reduce vulnerability to HIV with and among marginalised and excluded groups.
  • Initiate partnerships with likeminded organisations to challenge policies and practices that increase vulnerability to HIV related infections, illnesses, death, and other related impacts

Our Core Values

  • Support without judgement – fight as a united front
  • No political affiliation
  • Leaders as role models
  • Fight stigma: Personal experience is of immense value in understanding and responding to HIV and AIDS
  • Do not demand disclosure
  • Seek to serve
  • Empower members with skills related to the fight against HIV and AIDS
  • Inclusive not exclusive: Faith is an important element to human life-respecting each other’s faith and doctrine is very essential to a united fight