OUR OUTREACH STRATEGY - "SAVE Toolkit"

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. This toolkit gives users a step by step methodology of addressing sensitive issues in an open, informative and non-stigmatising way which does not avoid otherwise difficult issues.

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OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  • Strategic Objective 1: To build the capacity of religious leaders living with, or affected by HIV and AIDS to become symbols of hope and agents of change through resilience and positive living  at  community level primarily in Ghana but also extending to the rest of the world.
  • Strategic Objective 2: To position and promote the focus of INERELA+ clearly and concisely through a communication strategy that popularizes the preferred programmatic approach among the international community and to foster consistent programmatic emphasis at the country level.
  • Strategic Objective 3: To clarify the mandate of the network in terms of the roles and responsibilities of the international secretariat, regional offices, and national secretariat among network members.

Toolkit Introduction

There are many resources today on HIV responses for trainers and individuals. What makes this toolkit different? Why is it written for leaders within faith communities and broader society to engage in responses to HIV together? In answer to the first question, most materials on HIV prevention ignore or underplay the impact of stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and misaction (SSDDIM). There is an assumption that if people are given the appropriate scientific knowledge, these issues will diminish. People responding to HIV at the forefront of the pandemic will attest that this mentality is false. The toolkit highlights aspects of SSDDIM. Action founded in prayer and meditation, to challenge stigma and address the impact of stigma, is a core component of the training.

OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE

INERELA+Gh is committed to the main objectives of INERELA+ including helping religious leaders living with, or personally affected by HIV and AIDS to live openly so that they can become agents of change by breaking the six evils: Stigma, Shame, Discrimination, Denial, Inaction and Misaction (SSDDIM).


We seek to achieve these by:

Applying Focus Group Discussions and In-depth-Interviews methods to mobilize faith communities in Ghana in order to contribute our quota of services to PLHIV and AIDS without discrimination; Using research methods to provide accurate information about PLHIV and AIDS; Collaborating researchers and funders to reduce the number of new HIV infections in Ghana.