Resource Spotlight: Training Health Workers in Africa: Documenting Faith-Based Organizations' Contributions

FBO contributions to training © Capacity Project
FBO contributions to training © Capacity Project

The World Health Organization estimates that faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide 30-70% of health care in the developing world (2007). However, there is very little recognition or documentation of the contributions that FBOs make in the pre-service and in-service training of health care professionals, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Beginning in 2004, the Capacity Project worked to strengthen FBO networks' human resources. During the course of this work they discovered that many members of FBO networks provide a significant amount of pre-service and in-service health worker training, especially for nurses and midwives. However, information about FBOs' contributions is not well known or documented. This technical brief illustrates the breadth of pre-service and in-service trainings offered by FBOs, with a focus on nursing and midwifery pre-service training in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. [adapted from author]

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