Event Summary: Exchange Visit to Niger by Senegalese Faith Leaders

January 31, 2018

In January 2018, a delegation of Senegalese religious leaders and a representative of Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Social Action visited Niamey, Niger to discuss best practices for religious engagement on maternal and child health. These religious leaders are part of the Cadre des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement (CRSD), an interfaith association working to promote maternal and child health within Senegal’s national family planning strategy. In Niamey, the delegation met with diverse actors (government, religious leaders, development agencies, etc.) to discuss the intersection of faith and family planning. The visit allowed the Senegalese and Nigeriens to reflect on the importance of religious engagement in improving maternal and child health in their countries, and particularly the roles that religious leaders can and should play in promoting birth spacing.