Religious leaders and institutions have been a vital part of the global response to HIV and AIDS since the early days of the epidemic. However, the faith-based response to HIV must be scaled up significantly if we are to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. This strategy paper outlines success criteria, the key elements of a coordinated interfaith strategy, and near-term activities that will lay a solid foundation for executing the strategy during the rest of the 2020s. It reflects the continuing efforts spurred by the September 5, 2019, event “Two Possible Futures: Faith Action to End AIDS,” which was hosted at the Berkley Center in partnership with the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative, World Faiths Development Dialogue, and International Shinto Foundation; it featured many of the contributors to this paper as speakers. This paper was made possible through the efforts of David Barstow, who drafted the paper and coordinated with all listed contributors to ensure that their insights were accurately reflected.
Olivia Wilkinson, Director of Research of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities is a Contributor to this paper.