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Share your experiences of dialogue between religious leaders and people living with HIV

12. January 2012

    Today, a survey has been launched to gather information to develop and strengthen opportunities for dialogue between networks of people living with HIV and religious leaders, faith-based organisations, and faith communities at country level. The survey has been developed by the Strengthening Religious Leadership Multi-Faith Working Group convened by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), in collaboration with the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV (INERELA+) and UNAIDS.

    The survey is part of the follow-up to the High Level Religious Leaders' Summit on HIV held in March 2010. One of the desired outcomes of the Summit was to build bridges between the religious leaders and different sectors – including people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations as a foundation for new and strengthened collaboration in the response to HIV. Therefore, the concept of developing a framework for dialogue between religious leaders and PLHIV networks at the national level has emerged as a first step in creating further such safe spaces for dialogue.


    To inform the development of this framework, this survey aims to gather:

    • priorities for joint action
    • details of past or current collaborations/dialogues and lessons learned
    • Recommendations for future work
    • Other related information or thoughts


    How to respond to the survey


    Please click here to fill out the survey. It should only take 20 minutes of your time. Please note that the survey is intended especially for:

    • People living with HIV
    • Religious leaders
    • Religious leaders living with HIV
    • Members and staff of networks of people living with HIV
    • Staff or representatives of faith-based organisations
    • Members of local faith communities and organisations
    • Those with practical experience in the role of religious leaders and faith communities in the response to HIV

    Please share this survey with appropriate individuals and networks and encourage them to complete the survey.

    All information gathered will be kept confidential and anonymous.

    We apologise in advance if some of the questions make you uncomfortable. The intention is not to cause discomfort, but rather to assess - as objectively as possible – the prospects for dialogue and the points where dialogue may be more difficult.

    Regrettably, the survey is only currently available in English. The survey will be online until 17 February 2012.



    Background on the High Level Religious Leaders' Summit on HIV


    In order to engage religious and spiritual leaders from many of the world's major religions in stronger, more visible and practical leadership in the response to HIV, a Summit of High Level Religious Leaders on the Response to HIV was held in The Netherlands on 22-23 March 2010.



    During the Summit, participants affirmed in their concluding statement the "renewed sense of urgency" to prioritize and strengthen the response to HIV. Such a response includes "holistic prevention" in addition to reaching universal access to treatment, care and support. The statement called for the "universal respect for the human rights of all people living with and affected by and at risk of HIV infection" and the "respect for the dignity of every human being". Please click here for more information.


    Summit participants also drafted and signed "Together We Must Do More: My Personal Commitment to Action" , which not only detailed a series of commitments but set out a timeline for periodic reporting every 18 months on how each signatory has sought to fulfil the Personal Commitment.

    To support and oversee the follow-up to the Summit, including the development of a framework for dialogue between religious leaders and people living with HIV, a Multi-Faith Working Group on Strengthening Religious Leadership in the Response to HIV has been set up under the facilitation of the EAA. For more information on the working group, click here.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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