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  • THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN HEALTH. Yoram Siame Churches Health Association of Zambia
  • THE WESTERN CHURCH BROUGHT THREE THINGS TO AFRICA: A CHURCH, A SCHOOL AND WESTERN MEDICINE.
  • THE FBO HEALTH FOOTPRINT IN AFRICA IS UNDENIABLE. • Africa Christian Health associations from 21 countries representing 26 national organisations have joined together under the Africa Christian Health Association’s  Platform  (ACHAP).  ACHAP  members  provide  between  20-50% of the national health services. • 30–70% of health care infrastructure across the African continent is owned or run by FBOs,(2010, WHO) • The first census in Africa on the not-for-profit health care sector conducted by Uganda in 2001 showed that 70% of all private not-for-profit health facilities in Uganda are owned by autonomous diocese and parishes. • Approximately 40% of the healthcare infrastructure across sub-Saharan Africa is operated by FBOs, • Faith-based drug supply organizations are fundamental to the provision of essential medicines to rural and remote areas, particularly when bottlenecks occur in the management and procurement of government supplies. • Christian hospitals and health Centre's are providing about 40% of HIV care and treatment services in Lesotho (WHO 2005). • Almost A third of the HIV/AIDS treatment facilities in Zambia are run by FBOs (WHO 2010 study on the role of FBOs in HIV service provision).
  • ROLE OF RELIGION, IN HEALTH • Health, religion and cultural norms and values define the health-seeking strategies of many Africans. • The failure of health policy makers to understand the overarching influence of religion - and the important role of FBOs in Health can seriously undermine efforts to scale up health services.
  • THE CHURCHES INVOLVEMENT IN HEALTH • SERVICE PROVISION. • TACKLING HEALTH DETERMINANTS. • HUMAN RESOURCE PRODUCTION. • MEDICINES AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS. • HEALTHCARE FINANCING. • INNOVATION AND PIONEERING; HBC, PERFORMANCE BASED FINANCING, LEPROSY COLONIES, TELEMEDICINE. • BREAKING STIGMA (embracing the untouchables)
  • 8. ADVOCACY 8.1 ASKING WHY – Why are the poor more sick? – Why  isn’t  health  a  priority? – Why are there two health systems (one for the poor and one for the rich)? – Why  doesn’t  every  community  count? – Why are we not doing enough prevention – Why  don’t  we  strengthen  oversight  for  health? – Why are health workers so few and stressed. – Why  don’t  we  have  universal  health  coverage? – Why do we fail to eliminate diseases that can be eliminated? 8.2 RECOMMENDING BETTER WAYS OF DOING HEALTH.
  • WHY IS THE CHURCH UNDERAPPRECIATED DESPITE DOING SO MUCH. • It is shy about publicising its work. • Many groups tend to focus on shortcomings as opposed to its strengths. • Lack of understanding of what the church is. • Many groups want the church to take up their cause e.g. abortion, family Planning, Rights of minorities. • The Church will only do that which it sees as compatible with its core mandate To Preach the Kingdom of God and Heal the Sick Mt 9:2.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS • Greater coordination and better communication between organizations of different faiths and the private and public health sectors. • FBOs need to be given policy space that they deserve in Global, regional and national health discussions. • Respectful Engagement: FBOs should be respected as competent and reflective groups who have the autonomy in deciding what issues they will take on and how. • Extend health mapping to include FBOs that could help in scaling up Health services.