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Myanmar Situation ReportMyanmar Situation Report

June 23, 2014
In this situation report for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Katherine Marshall argues that the religious dimensions of conflict in Myanmar need...

Faith Communities' Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Supporting MothersFaith Communities' Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Supporting Mothers

December 1, 2013
For many people and faith institutions, the welfare of mothers and children amounts to a sacred duty. It is also enshrined in the year 2000...

Malaria and Faith: Building Strong PartnershipsMalaria and Faith: Building Strong Partnerships

June 12, 2013
A global program to combat malaria has attracted major international funding and is showing promising progress. A wide range of faith actors...

Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern ShakersGlobal Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

February 28, 2013
Focused on the intersection of religious and other global institutions, in this book Katherine Marshall combines concise introduction with...

Faith and the WASH AgendaFaith and the WASH Agenda

January 22, 2013
Water, indisputably essential to health and well-being, livelihoods, humanitarian operations, and all human activity, is a central element in all...

Corruption: Ten Ideas to Enhance Religious Engagement in Global Integrity MovementsCorruption: Ten Ideas to Enhance Religious Engagement in Global Integrity Movements

January 18, 2013
Pinpointing corruption’s perils, measuring its gravity, and pursuing governance strategies and action programs are high priorities in contemporary...

Human Trafficking: Faith in Action in CambodiaHuman Trafficking: Faith in Action in Cambodia

January 15, 2013
As a hotspot for human trafficking, Cambodia has received intensive media coverage and international attention as a global human rights challenge....

Engaging Faith Communities in Southeast Asia: An Issues and Priority AgendaEngaging Faith Communities in Southeast Asia: An Issues and Priority Agenda

January 8, 2013
In Southeast Asia’s diverse religious landscape, religion tends to be taken for granted except when it contributes to social strife and violence....

Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?

January 4, 2013
Preventable child deaths outrage everyone. Immunization campaigns save millions of children’s lives and therefore unite widely divergent...

Reducing Maternal Mortality: Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and CommunitiesReducing Maternal Mortality: Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities

January 1, 2013
Religious institutions and leaders can and should contribute more directly to global and national efforts to address shockingly high levels of...

Bringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development PolicyBringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy

November 1, 2011
At the request of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), a Berkley partner, Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall researched the current...

Bringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy: Recommendations for Policy MakersBringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy: Recommendations for Policy Makers

November 1, 2011
At the request of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), a Berkley partner, Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall researched the current...

Women in Religious PeacebuildingWomen in Religious Peacebuilding

May 1, 2011
To recognize and understand better the role of women in religious peacebuilding, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the World Faiths...

Education for All: Where Does Religion Come In?Education for All: Where Does Religion Come In?

August 1, 2010
In this article published in the journal Comparative Education, Katherine Marshall examines the complex role of religion in global education...

Malaria: Scoping New Partnerships Malaria: Scoping New Partnerships

January 9, 2009
This report surveys the contributions of faith-inspired organizations to the global fight against malaria and suggests ways to increase their...

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Health in Africa and Faith Communities: What Do We Need to Know?

Lynn Aylward, Katherine Marshall

June 18, 2013

Faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) and communities are important providers of healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa (as in other world regions). Quality can be high and the focus is often on serving the very poor and marginalized, but FIO work is rarely treated as a central part of national and global health strategies and systems. Uncertainties, misunderstandings, and stereotypes about faith roles in health matter because they hamper dialogue and partnerships, among faith institutions and governments, and also with non-profit and for-profit entities and multilateral institutions working on health. With some 30 years of research and discussion, considerable information about the health work of faith-inspired organizations and communities and its implications for quality care has been amassed. However, this information is not systematic or comprehensive and much is difficult to find. Further, systems are diverse (tens of thousands of FIOs are engaged in healthcare) and often overlap with public and private services. This explains wide discrepancies in estimates of FIO roles and appreciations of their reach, quality, and impact. Documented evidence about effectiveness is especially weak. This brief presents the key results of a 2012 review, undertaken as a partnership between the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Palmer/Save the Children

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