Faith-based models for improving maternal and newborn health
Author(s)/Editor(s): Chand S and Patterson J
Publisher/Organizer: USAID, ACCESS
Publication date: September 2007
Number of pages: 28
This brief highlights the contribution of faith-based organisations (FBOs) to health care by focusing on 4 FBO programme models that, despite multiple challenges, have been effective in improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes. The programme models are based on FBO health networks, community health behaviour change programmes, congregation-based health programmes, and comprehensive health care programmes. Using project examples mainly from Africa, the document shows how these models can strengthen and expand health services and contribute to the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The brief concludes with recommended actions for all stakeholders - FBOs, policy makers, and donors.