Resource Spotlight: Article Series on Faith-Based Health Care
An estimated 84 percent of the world’s population is religiously affiliated, the Lancet writes. "Faith is a powerful force in the lives of individuals and communities worldwide."
With this in mind, the medical journal has published a series on Faith-based health care. The journal says its stories build on the, “extensive experience, strengths, and capacities of faith-based organisations (eg, geographical coverage, influence, and infrastructure) offers a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes.”
The series includes three articles and one story open to the public – as long as users provide free registration details.
Please find the Faith-Based health care landing page.
The articles and stories are as follows:
- Understanding the roles of faith-based health-care providers in Africa: review of the evidence with a focus on magnitude, reach, cost, and satisfaction
- Controversies in faith and health care
- Strengthening of partnerships between the public sector and faith-based groups
- Faith-based organisations bolster health care in Rwanda
As the first report in the Series on faith-based health care, we review a broad body of published work and introduce some empirical evidence on the role of faith-based health-care providers, with a focus on Christian faith-based health providers in sub-Saharan Africa (on which the most detailed documentation has been gathered).
This Series paper outlines some faith-related controversies, describes how they influence health-care provision and uptake, and identifies opportunities for research and increased interaction between faith leaders and health-care providers to improve health care.[from resource]
rawing from both development and faith perspectives, this Series paper examines trends that could ground powerful, more sustainable partnerships and identifies new opportunities for collaboration based on respective strengths and existing models
Collaboration between the health ministry and religious organisations played a substantial part in the recovery of Rwanda's health system after the 1994 genocide. John Maurice reports.
For more information, please see the Faith Based Organizations subject area.
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