Our Story

INERELa+gh is a member of INERELA+ which currently has a total of 19 networks across Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, with a global membership of over 10,000. The global Secretariat of INERELA+ is in Johannesburg, South Africa where the Secretariat provides co-ordination and technical support to all the member networks.

In the year 2006, INERELA+Gh started at the Ridge Regional Hospital, Antiretroviral therapy (ART) Clinic in the Greater Accra Region where the Ghana National Coordinator of INERELA+ doubles as the Head of the ART Clinic, and DDNS of the Medical Department respectively. The Ghana National Coordinator, a religious leader, got inspired amongst others, by the former Executive Director (Revd.J.P Mokgeth-heath) of the INERELA+ in the year 2006, and organized Ghanaian religious leaders, lay and ordained, women and men – Living with, or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS who for Stigma, Shame, Discrimination, Denial, Inaction and Misaction (SSDDIM) could not address the HIV and AIDS pandemic in their churches, mosques and monasteries.

Our maiden and subsequent early meetings took the form of RELIGIOUS SUPPORT GROUPS at the Ridge Regional Hospital, Antiretroviral therapy (ART) Clinic where we recorded renowned religious leaders who were graceful to spread INERELA+ concept to the rest of Ghanaians. Our first HIV and AIDS SAVE strategic training for religious leaders was organised at OICI Conference Room in the year 2008. This official maiden meeting was collaborated by SAVE THE CHILDREN SWEDEN through INERELA+.

The meeting recorded high profile religious leaders including Revd. Albert Ackon and Revd. John Kworshie Azumah who were respectively elected as the maiden chair and vice chair persons of INERELA+Gh Board of Directors. This Local Network was duly registered and incorporated with certificates of incorporation and commencement by the Registrar General of Ghana in the year 2010. INERELA+Gh has since soaring higher because the vice chairperson (Revd John Kworshie. …Azumah) broke the silence to negative attitudes, fear, Stigma, Shame, Discrimination, Denial, Inaction and Misaction associated with HIV and AIDS by declaring publicly that he and his wife are living with HIV in the year 2010.... Since then, INERELA+Gh has had the opportunity to lead, coordinate and collaborate PLHIV and AIDS programmes, activities and projects in some of the Ghanaian communities.