Online Program

Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Mona Bormet, MPH, CHES, Christian Connections for International Health, Sterling, VA
Overall, family planning (FP) worldwide is insufficiently resourced, including to faith-based organizations, with the highest unmet need for family planning in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In SSA 85-90% of people identify religion as “very important” in their lives, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life released in April 2010. FBOs are important providers of health services, especially for rural, remote and marginalized populations, sometimes as the sole source of health care. Faith-based organizations (FBOs), together with religious leaders, are influential voices with policymakers and their grassroots constituencies. FBOs provide approximately 40% of health care in Kenya and 30% in Zambia. This presentation will describe the baseline country assessments conducted in Kenya and Zambia with Christian Health Associations and their member health clinics and hospitals. These country assessments also include faith-based drug supply organizations (DSOs) that provide health care commodities to FBOs. Results from the assessments will be described, such as identified policy barriers within each country to family planning, and barriers within the groups participating towards family planning. This presentation will also highlight the overall country landscaping of previous advocacy efforts and how these groups partnered with others to build off existing landscaping work. Finally, the advocacy program plan that was developed to move members of these Christian organizations forward in advocating for family planning in Kenya and Zambia, challenges, and next steps will be shared.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe baseline assessments conducted in Kenya and Zambia with Christian Health Associations, their hospitals and clinics, and how the results of the assessments influence the policy and funding environment for family planning in Kenya and Zambia, by engaging and training faith-based organizations as advocates.

Keyword(s): Faith Community, Family Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program director for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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