We are individuals, faith and spiritual leaders, representatives of communities and organizations of diverse faith traditions:
Compelled by our shared values and
Inspired by the stories of Resilience & Renewal shared at the HIV Interfaith Conference Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response, which took place virtually on 22, 23 and 24 September 2020, and by the recommendations made by the many participants from countries around the world, and
Keen to promote the central role of positive faith in action to end AIDS as a public health threat.
We commit to urgently take significant and sustained actions in the following areas during the next ten years:
Increase access to HIV education, prevention, treatment, care, and support.
Promote the human rights and dignity of all people.
Address HIV stigma and discrimination.
Build bridges of collaboration among different faith traditions as well as between faith and non-faith actors.
As unique individuals and organizations, we each commit to using our gifts and strengths to ensure a focused and holistic faith response for the achievement of the 2025 HIV targets, and we invite others to join us in this commitment:
Endorsing the “Commitments to Action" for individuals, faith-spiritual leaders and organizations;
Signing on “The 13 Million Campaign” to promote access to services for the 13 million children, women and men living with HIV who are not yet on antiretroviral treatment
Indicating my/our specific commitments among those listed in the “Commitments to Action”
Tracking progress every six months towards those commitments.
Participating in meetings, conferences, and training programs related to HIV and AIDS
Sharing this information within our spiritual and religious communities
Countering misinformation and myths about HIV and AIDS
Promoting the role of science and medicine in public health policy
Being informed by and contributing to scientific evidence about the impact of faith-inspired interventions on the HIV epidemic
Working to create welcoming and safe places of worship for everyone
Ensuring that our programs address the unique needs of different groups
Involving people living with HIV and at-risk populations in leadership and decision making processes
Sharing information about the value and importance of testing, treatment adherence, care and support of all people as soon as they are diagnosed
Developing support programs tailored to the needs of different constituencies, including:
Women and girls, who in many countries are the most vulnerable to new infections
Men, who often have poorer treatment coverage than women
Other groups for whom harm reduction strategies are particularly appropriate
Promoting dialogues with adolescents and young people to ensure that HIV interventions are truly shaped around their needs
Educating and empowering adolescents and young people with the information, tools and support needed to prevent HIV transmission
Encouraging young people to take leadership roles in our faith communities, including on HIV-related activities
Standing with and for children living with HIV and their families
Sharing information about paediatric HIV through faith-inspired health services and congregational platforms for outreach
Encouraging community members to make full use of services for children living with HIV
Growing our understanding of human rights principles
Acting decisively to protect human rights within our faith communities
Advocating for the removal of discriminatory laws, policies and practices that violate human rights and are significant barriers to accessing HIV services
Raising awareness in our faith communities about human rights violations and social practices that put people at greater risk of infection, such as gender and sexual-based violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilations/cutting
Delivering a strong statement of advocacy and commitment in our faith communities and places of worship on World AIDS Day each year, until the AIDS pandemic is over
Launching, supporting, and strengthening activities and campaigns aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination in our local faith communities and at the global level
Creating safe and welcoming communities and congregations for people living with HIV, including children, adults, and families, as well as members of marginalized populations
Engaging with local faith communities in different ways, including through trainings and communication prototypes on HIV and COVID-19 such those developed by the PEPFAR Faith and Community Initiatives
Are aligned with national HIV strategies and priorities and the achievements of global HIV targets
Promote cooperation among faith-based groups, people and networks of people living with HIV, governmental authorities, civil society organizations, the private sector, donors and other key partners
Have solid accountability frameworks with clear process indicators and results for the achievements of national HIV targets and stigma reduction interventions through the contribution of faith actors
Basic information about HIV and AIDS
Best practices for a variety of issues and situations
Variations that reflect the local context and local languages
Progress tracking for both training and impact
In collaboration with and through the support of UN Agencies and other international agencies, donors, and key stakeholders in the HIV response
Articulating practices related to the commitments listed in the “Commitments to Action”
Describing experience with the practices in specific settings
Providing evidence about the effectiveness of those practices
Using the lessons learned in the HIV pandemic
Ensuring continuity of services to people living with HIV and at risk of infection
Sharing sound science-based information on COVID-19 mitigation measures
Standing up against COVID-19 related stigma and discrimination
Adhering to evidence-based public health guidelines
Assisting in the care and support of those affected by COVID-19, including both those affected directly by the virus and those affected by second-order impacts, such as food insecurity and domestic and sexual violence.
Calling on global, national and local leaders, international bodies and donors to keep their commitments; to ensure that there is adequate funding for the global response to HIV and AIDS, including funding for faith-based initiatives; and to renew their engagement to ending the AIDS pandemic by 2030.
Calling on high-level religious leaders from diverse religious traditions to reaffirm, through their words and actions, the urgency of strengthening the global response to HIV and to recommit themselves and their institutions to actively work toward ending AIDS
Calling on global and national political and faith leaders to implement laws, policies, and multinational agreements that reduce the structural barriers to integrated and equitable health systems, such as poverty and racism
Creating opportunities to become strong and active partners with governments, civil society, and non-governmental organizations at all levels in responding to the HIV epidemic
Working with other community-based organizations, governments and other stakeholders to ensure that HIV services are available in communities where we have a presence
Partnering with religious leaders of different faith and spiritual traditions to influence local, national, regional and global decision-making processes on HIV
Actively engaging with and challenging religious leaders and institutions when planning and implementing HIV strategies
Facilitating dialogues at all levels among religious leaders, communities, people living with HIV, youth and members of marginalized, vulnerable, and at-risk populations
Working with providers of health services, both secular and faith-based to ensure that HIV services are available to all members of their communities, including marginalized and vulnerable populations, free of stigma and discrimination and the risk of criminal prosecution; and to ensure that optimal testing and treatment products are accessible to all.
As people of faith, we commit to do our part to help to achieve the 2025 targets and to eliminate AIDS as public health threat by 2030; and we invite others to join us.
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