Faith and Tuberculosis: Experience and Opportunity

Authors: Katherine Marshall Spencer Crawford

September 15, 2015

Tuberculosis (TB) is attracting new international interest, reflecting concern for high mortality from TB, the public health challenges it presents, and TB’s special impact on poor and vulnerable populations. The WHO’s End TB Strategy lays out ambitious goals that cannot be achieved without broad mobilization, and there are large opportunities for stronger partnerships with faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) at global and country levels. Various FIOs currently play significant roles in both program execution and advocacy at global, national, and community levels, but an aggregate view of their roles and assessment of performance are lacking. This brief updates prior research on "Experiences and Issues at the Intersection of Faith & Tuberculosis" from 2009 to explore current obstacles and opportunities for new and expanded partnerships.

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