Experiences and Issues at the Intersection of Faith and Tuberculosis

July 16, 2010

In 2009, the Berkley Center, in collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue and the World Health Organization Stop TB Partnership, launched an investigation into the activities of faith communities, leaders, and organizations in fighting tuberculosis. Compiled as background for a June 2010 consultation, this report highlights the critical roles that faith-inspired actors play in addressing TB challenges in the developing world and draws upon multiple in-depth interviews with academics, development practitioners, and religious leaders about the relationship between religion, faith-inspired work, and TB. It characterizes faith work on TB as "organic and chaotic," and calls for increased efforts to bring faith-inspired organizations into coordinating mechanisms at the country and global level. The report acknowledges and describes the capacity issues that may be preventing faith actors from being more involved with TB control, and points clearly towards more concerted action at the country level to engage faith actors who are already are, or could be, working to address TB.

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