The HIV & Maternal Health Learning Hub

The Learning Hub focused on evidence for the activity and impact of Local Faith Communities on HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health, with special attention to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of Aids (PMTCT) and to the role of skilled birth attendants.

Learning Hub members worked together to understand what is already known about how faith groups impact HIV and maternal health.

Hub Co-chairs:

Azza Karam Christo Greyling Julie Clague Sally Smith
Azza Karam, UNFPA Christo Greyling, Word Vision International Julie Clague, University of Glasgow Sally Smith, UNAIDS

 

Scoping Report

 

Key Findings

FBOs’ involvement with HIV is diverse and often extensive in outreach:

  • 1 in 5 HIV responses is faith-related (WHO 2004)
  • A comprehensive worldwide mapping of FBO HIV responses has not been undertaken and that there is little reliable national data (Keough, et al., 2007)

FBOs’ involvement with Maternal and Child Health services are common:

  • 90% FB health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa offer maternal and newborn services (Chand & Patterson 2007)
  • In Uganda, 50% of MCH provided through FBOs (USAID & Access 2007)
  • Services provided by FBOs in 6 African countries rated quality of care and satisfaction better than public sector services (Widmer et al 2011)

What do we know

  • Publications indicate that FBO responses to HIV are holistic, addressing livelihoods, nutrition, stigma, gender equity, psychosocial and spiritual support, and advocacy concerns alongside health needs (Strategies for Hope, 2012)
  • Judgmental attitudes of some religious leaders and communities can increase stigma and discrimination (Courtney, 2011).
  • Women and poorest reached, but limited services with key populations including MSM, CSW, IDU and gender equality.
  • A tendency among some FBOs to use programmes as a means to proselytise (Gaul, et al., 2011).

Religion and Sustainable Development Conference Video sessions

 

Expert Commentators:

  • Sally Smith (UNAIDS), Robert J. Vitillo (Caritas Internationalis), Nicta Lubaale Makiika (Organization of African Instituted Chruches), Christo Greyling (WVI), Frank Dimmock (Presbyterian Church), Christoph Benn (Global Fund)

Full session video

Relevant Resources


Partnership with Faith Based Organizations: UNAIDS Strategic Framework
Published: 2009Author:UNAIDS
Preventing HIV by providing support for orphan girls to stay in school: does religion matter?
Published: 2012Author:Denise D. Hallfors, Hyunsan Cho, Bonita J. Iritani, John Mapfumo, Elias Mpofu, Winnie K. Luseno and James January
Challenges hindering youth from acquiring knowledge about HIV/AIDS in the internally displaced camps: A case study of Dar el Salaam camp in Omdurman-Sudan
Published: 2018Author:Hassan Abaker Mohammed
Librarian joint mediated outreach on health and legal information provision in select communities in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Published: 2017Author:Kathryn James Philip
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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF UGANDA: A Training Handbook For Religious Leaders And Church Institutions Christian-Based Approach
Published: 2017Author:
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What’s faith got to do with it
Published: 2011Author:INERELA
JLI Hub Evidence to date 2017
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Community-led Health and Wellbeing Project 
Published: 2017Author:Judith Ascroft
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Published: 2016Author:Trocaire and Raising Voices
Published: 2017Author:Dawn Murdock, Director of Strategic Learning, Abiy Seifu, Senior Program Officer, and Chou Nuon, Program Knowledge Manager at Episcopal Relief & Development; in collaboration with the Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programmes: Felicia Sakala, Country Director, Jenny Meya, Head of Programmes and Kelvin Munsongo, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
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Published: 2017Author:Simon Hallonsten
AIDSFree: Partnering to Create an Aids Free Generation
Published: 2017Author:IMA World Health
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Building on Firm Foundations: The 2015 Consultation on Strengthening Partnerships Between Faith-based Organizations and PEPFAR to Build Capacity for Sustained Responses to HIV/AIDS
Published: 2015
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Religion and Sustainable Development issue
Published: 2016Author:Jill Olivier
Published: 2016Author:Episcopal Relief & Development
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Published: 2015Author:Renier Koegelenberg
Published: 2014Author:Ellen L. Idler
UNAIDS-Caritas Internationalis Joint Consultation with Catholic Church-related and other FBOs on Expansion of Anti-Retroviral Treatment
Published: 2014
The Contribution of Religious Entities to Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
Published: 2008
The World Health Report 2004
Published: 2004
BEST PRACTICE REPORT ON A CONCERTED, FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE
Published: 2008
Faith-based responses to the global HIV pandemic: exceptional engagement in a major public health emergency
Published: 2009
Streams of Compassion: Response of the Catholic Church to HIV/AIDs in India
Published: 2014
WFDD Reducing Maternal Mortality
Published: 2011Author:
Faith Communities Engage the HIV/AIDS Crisis
Published: 2007
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World Vision’s Channels of Hope Methodology: Empowering Local Churches in Their HIV Response
Published: 2014
CHANNELS OF HOPE: ENHANCING HIV RESPONSE AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL
Published: 2014
HIV & AIDS Establishing mother support groups: Best practices to reduce HIV vertical transmission
Published: 2014
UNDER THE CURVE: Understanding the most neglected children in the HIV & AIDS response
Published: 2014
Global Health: Responding to HIV in Emergencies
Published: 2012
Narrative: Channels of Hope Theory of Change
Published: 2014
The Role of Religious Communities In Addressing Gender-Based Violence And HIV
Published: 2009
ADRA Papua New Guinea Church Partnership Program Case Study
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Breaking the Silence: The role of the church in addressing sexual violence in South Africa
Published: 2013
The role of faith-based organizations in maternal and newborn health care in Africa
Published: 2011Author:Mariana Widmer, Ana P. Betran, Mario Merialdi, Jennifer Requejo, Ted Karpf
Channels of Hope
Published: 2014
Interfaith Consultation: Children and HIV & AIDS
Published: 2008
The Faithful House: Affirming Life, Avoiding Risk
Published: 2009
DREAM An Integrated Faith-Based Initiative to Treat HIV/AIDS in Mozambique: Case Study
Published: 2005
National Review of Faith-Based Responses to HIV in Cambodia
Published: 2011
Working in a Bounded Field of Unknowing
Published: 2006
The potential and perils of partnership: Christian religious entities and collaborative stakeholders responding to HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Malawi, and the DRC
Published: 2008