Religious leaders are in a prime position to change harmful attitudes about family planning. They are some of the most important and respected opinion leaders in Ugandan communities who can help shift social norms. By virtue of their status and position in society, religious leaders can play a critical role in the community to ensure uptake of family planning services. But in order to educate and change minds, religious leaders must have correct information about reproductive health and family planning, and they must be comfortable talking about these topics.
This project equipped clergy to discuss and promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. CCIH and UPMB conducted a two-day training for a diverse group of religious leaders, including Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal and Protestant leaders in 2015.