Board Of Directors

INERELA+ is governed by a board of directors from across Africa who were elected based on their HIV related experience and commitment as religious leaders to eradicating discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Board Of Directors


Dr Sue Purcell Gilpin

Medical M.B.Ch.B. (Medicine and Surgery) 1971 – 1976

University of Washington, Seattle USA  

Haematology speciality (1975)

Dr Sue Purcell Gilpin is a physician whose career includes years of working in diverse settings responding to a wide variety of medical and social issues.

She has shown her commitment to communities by working on a large scale, mobilizing communities around primary health care, HIV awareness communication and response. Her other community involvements saw her actively promoting the first community-based orphan care with psychosocial support.

In her professional career Dr Sue served as the Southern Africa Regional Coordinator for the World Council of Churches (WCC) HIV & AIDS programme (EHAIA) 2002 – 2014 initially working in 11 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

In 2015 she assumed responsibility for the Health & Healing Department of the WCC in Geneva, coordinating relations and joint activities with the WHO and other UN agencies, facilitating collaboration between these agencies and the multiple global Church Health Associations, Ecumenical Health and Pharmaceutical networks and other health related agencies.

She promoted the collaborative response to Ebola, to ensure the responses of the faith community were recognised and included in international, national and regional plans.

In addition to undertaking mapping studies in many countries, she has authored three books on HIV&AIDS, HIV competence and the faith communities’ response, which have been translated into several languages. 

Currently she is an independent Consultant and has undertaken research and documentary work on faith based responses to HIV issues and Covid-19 for PEPFAR, UNAIDS and other International organisations. Her association with INERELA+ spans many years.

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