As an inter-faith network of religious leaders living with or affected by HIV, INERELA+ seeks to empower religious leaders through education, knowledge and skills to live positively, becoming symbols of hope and agents of change who will help eliminate stigma and discrimination within their congregations and communities.
What We Are
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.
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.
INERELA+ has 16 active, country networks in the African Region. We also have a presence in Asia/Pacific, Canada, Americas, Europe and Central Asia.
Since the start in 2006, the networks have grown to encompass over 10,000 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.
Empower religious leaders through education, knowledge and skills to live positively, becoming symbols of hope and agents of change who will help eliminate stigma and discrimination and promote gender justice and human rights within their congregations and communities.
By 2019, INERELA+ will have contributed to, increased HIV testing and levels of disclosure; reduced HIV-related stigma and discrimination; reduced AIDS-related deaths and reduced human rights abuses, including gender-based violence among religious leaders living with and affected by HIV and their congregants, in Africa and the rest of the world.
A society free of HIV related stigma and discrimination, with empowered, resilient religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS.
To strengthen capacity of Religious leaders to be agents of change for HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment at individual, congregational and community levels.
To enhance capacity of Religious leaders as agents of change for human dignity and gender justice at individual, congregational and community levels.
Capacitate Religious Leaders to advocate and promote sexual reproductive, health and rights for adolescents and young people at congregational and community levels.
INERELA+’s core business is to eradicate all forms of stigma and discrimination and thus contribute to increased levels of HIV testing and disclosure, reduced AIDS-related deaths and human rights abuses.