Empowered and resilient religious leaders who are living with, or personally affected by HIV, eradicate stigma and discrimination through congregational response.
INERELA+ is an international network of religious leaders – lay and ordained, women and men – 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.
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.