Health in Africa and Faith Communities: What Do We Know?




Aylward L, Marshall L


Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affiars, Georgetown University

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World Faiths Development Dialogue


Faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) and communities are important providers of healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa (as in other world regions). Quality can be high and the focus is often on serving the very poor and marginalized, but FIO work is rarely treated as a central part of national and global health strategies and systems. Uncertainties, misunderstandings, and stereotypes about faith roles in health matter because they hamper dialogue and partnerships, among faith institutions and governments, and also with non-profit and for-profit entities and multilateral institutions working on health. [from abstract]


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