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