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

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