The contribution of Religious Entities to Health Sub-Saharan Africa


Show simple item record Schmid, Barbara Thomas, Elizabeth Olivier, Jill Cochrane, James R
dc.coverage.spatial Africa en_ZA 2017-05-23T13:24:19Z 2017-05-23T13:24:19Z 2008-05
dc.identifier.citation Schmid B, Thomas E, Olivier J and Cochrane JR. 2008. The contribution of religious entities to health in sub-Saharan Africa. Study commissioned by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Unpublished report. ARHAP en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Background: While most partners in providing health care in sub-Saharan Africa agree that religious entities play an important role in providing health services, there is little comprehensive data about the scope and scale of their contribution, beyond data held by particular religious entities about their own health related work. In addition not much is known, beyond claims and often repeated statements, about the ways in which such health care is different from services provided in the public health system. 2. Aims and Objectives The overall purpose of this study was to provide a description of the contribution of faith based organisations (FBOs), institutions, and networks to the health of vulnerable populations in resource-poor areas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA); and to identify key areas for investment that would accelerate, scale up and sustain access to effective services, and/or encourage policy and resource advocacy among and in African countries. There were two main parts to the objectives: 1) To give an overview for SSA of the coverage, role, and core health related activities of religious entities, including major networks, vis a vis public and other private sector health services delivery, and their relationship to government and to each other. 2) To give more detailed information for three country case studies in Mali, Uganda and Zambia: a) describing the capacity of faith based organisations to deliver health services and impact on health behaviour; the financial and/or material support they receive and how they are perceived by stakeholders; b) characterizing key faith based networks and describing how they work; c) describing how faith based organisations collaborate with each other and with governments. From these were to be drawn recommendations about key areas for potential investment that would improve population health outcomes. 3. Research overview: The research was conducted under the auspices of the African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP), a research networks focussed on gaining a better understanding of the contribution of religious health assets to public health in Africa. The team of ARHAP researchers, from the University of Cape Town and the Medical Research Council was supported by an international, inter-disciplinary and multi-religious advisory group as well as in-country researchers.
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Religious Health Assets Programme en_ZA
dc.subject.other Africa
dc.subject.other Religion
dc.subject.other Health
dc.title The contribution of Religious Entities to Health Sub-Saharan Africa en_ZA
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uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Fact sheet en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Health Policy and Systems Division en_ZA
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