HIV & Maternal Health

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

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

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)

Past Hub Events

ACHAP’s 8th Biennial conference


Seventieth World Health Assembly


Ahimsa – Global Health, Social Entrepreneurship and Faith- inspired Communities


CCIH 31st Conference- Strengthening Global Health: Faith at the Center


National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassadors


5th Annual Global Missions Health Conference


Faith-based approaches to Family Planning


One Accord Forum and Expo