ABOUT INERELA+ KENYA
To equip, empower and engage religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and TB to live positively and openly as heralds of change and change in their faith comunities and counties.
To have a nation where HIV and TB related stigma, transmission and deaths are eliminated through the active participation of religious leaders.
INERELA+ Kenya empowers religious leaders to;
❖ Break the silence and live openly and positively
❖ End self and community stigma, denial and shame
❖ Be forces of change and action in their faith and surrounding communities
❖ Influence faith community and national policies around HIV programming, gender, human rights and accountability.
❖ Promote community empowerment, social change and transformation
Empowering 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.
INERELA+ Kenya is guided by core values which include;
❖ Support without judgment
❖ Positive, open and healthy living
❖ Fighting stigma, denial, discrimination and inaction around HIV & TB
❖ Leaders as role models
❖ Respect for life
❖ Gender inclusiveness
❖ Transparency and accountability to all stakeholders
Our Work in Counties
INERELA+ Kenya has over the last decade partnered and worked in several counties in Kenya implementing different donor funded activities. These include the USAID through the Health Policy Initiative (HPI), Christian AID in stigma reduction and TB awareness creation work, UN-WOMEN in promoting Women Land and Property Rights, IAVI in advocating for New HIV Preventive Technologies, Save the Children- in SRHR, Gender and HIV Education among Adolescents and young people, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance in enhancing dialogue between religious leaders and PLHIV and advocacy for Paediatric HIV /TB treatment, AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) on development of relevant tools to support creating awareness on Human Rights within congregations.
INERELA+ Kenya has previously partnered with Christian AID on GBV Prevention and advocacy in
Narok County, UNAIDS on Male Engagement in HIV service uptake in Homa Bay and Siaya Counties and Stop TB Partnership on TB Prevention among Faith Communities. Others include the observation of the UCD and DAC through partnership with the World Council of Churches - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.
INERELA+ Kenya is a key stakeholder at the Faith Sector and MIPA Working Groups housed by National Aids Control Council (NACC). The Organisation works closely with the following Institutions:
1) Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM)
2) The National Council for Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
3) Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)
4) St. Paul’s University
5) Kenya Council of Imams and Ulama (KCIU)
6) Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK)
7) Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN)
8) Other NGOs among them Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK), ICW-Kenya Chapter, Kenya AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO)
9) Ministry of Health (NACC and NASCOP).
INERELA+ Kenya closely works with the County Government of Nairobi in the implementation of the Faith Communities Initiative designed to strengthen Nairobi County’s institutional and management capacity to deliver quality healthcare services. The organization is also collaborating with the Nairobi SGBV focal points to strengthen Child safeguarding measures and response to cases of Sexual Violence Against Children (SVAC) by enhancing faith-facilitated health care and psycho-social support as well as fostering sustainable and holistic community systems within faith based communities.