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.
HIV is about life, not just death! This toolkit makes the transition.
“INERELA+ has once again reached beyond conventional HIV responses to provide individuals with the tools necessary to challenge all structural drivers of the epidemic. The SAVE Toolkit is remarkably candid exploring shame, intolerance, fear and sexuality, issues that many cultures still consider taboo. The toolkit appeals to religious leaders and HIV practitioners alike, sparking a more harmonised involvement in response to HIV.”
Nina O’Farrell, Head of Community Health and HIV, Christian Aid
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.