The SAVE prevention methodology has been used and taught by INERELA+ for eight years and is finally available as a comprehensive toolkit. This toolkit systematically tackles the stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and misaction around HIV and AIDS, and comprehensively gives information related to HIV and methods of HIV transmission and how to mitigate these. A major challenge for faith leaders on HIV has been the lack of skills in addressing sex, sexuality and gender in their faith communities.
These khutbah and sermon guides were developed to empower religious leaders with the tools and skills to reach their congregations with key messages on pediatric HIV transmission and prevention; stigma and discrimination; and treatment, care, and support; as well as male involvement in the HIV prevention and response continuum. Both guides were developed in collaboration with religious leaders.
Educating religious leaders to promote uptake of male circumcision in Tanzania: a cluster randomised trial
Male circumcision is being widely deployed as an HIV prevention strategy in countries with high HIV incidence, but its uptake in sub-Saharan Africa has been below targets. We did a study to establish whether educating religious leaders about male circumcision would increase uptake in their village.
Religion & Sexuality: A report on faith-based responses to children's comprehensive sexuality education and information
As the world is rapidly becoming more complex, with many children maturing earlier and being exposed to competing sources of information, the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (CSE & I) has become urgent. There is a growing need to ensure that children are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and information regarding their sexuality in order for them to be in a better position to navigate the present and the future. In this quest, families, schools and religious institutions have key roles to play.
Case Study: The International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+)
The role of faith communities in the global HIV response has generated much debate, with a continuum containing both criticism regarding inadequate action on one side and praise for its care and support at the opposite end. Faith communities are often cited as essential resources with great influence, which must be engaged to succeed in ending AIDS in this generation.
INERELA+ is an international network of religious leaders – both lay and ordained, women and men – living with, or personally affected, by HIV.
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+ envisions a world where HIV and AIDS related stigma, infections and deaths are eliminated.
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