African Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV/AIDS (ANERELA +)
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||5th Floor JCC House
27 Owl Street
|Region:||Central and Southern Africa|
||The African Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS (ANERELA+) was formed after a meeting held in Mukono, Uganda in November 2002 marking the 10th anniversary of Canon Gideon Byamugisha living openly with HIV.
Our membership includes any religious leader, ordained or lay, who is either HIV+ or is personally affected by the disease. We understand personally affected to be someone who is either nursing or has lost a child, spouse or parent to HIV or AIDS.
Having all experienced stigma and discrimination first-hand, we seek to find ways of breaking stigma, silence, indifference and discrimination around HIV and AIDS. We strive to be a network of support without judgment.
Our comparative advantage is that we are religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS. We believe that by living openly with our HIV status we can do much to overcome the stigma, discrimination and many of the taboos around this disease.
Our ultimate vision is to have an African region where religious leaders living positively and affected by HIV and AIDS are empowered to live openly as witnesses to hope and be forces for change in their congregations and communities.
In this we identify very strongly with the theme for the 11th International Conference for people living with HIV or AIDS being held in Kampala 26 – 30 October 2003, namely “The Dawn of New Positive Leadership.” We also identify very strongly with all people who are living with HIV or AIDS, and it is for these reasons that we have chosen to officially launch our network during this conference.