Contribution of Religious Entities to Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

January 1, 2008

Commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ARHAP conducted a study of health services provided by religious communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus of the study was to describe the services provided by faith-based networks and to identify key areas for investment to sustain access to effective services in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study provides in-depth case country case studies in Mali, Uganda, and Zambia describing the capacity of faith based organizations to collaborate with each other and governments to deliver health services and affect health behavior in local communities. The study found that religious entities make a significant contribution to health services by providing training centers for the health workforce and non-facility-based health services, coordinating with its faith network for capacity development, and promoting health and education at a local level.

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