CCIH 2013 Concurrent Session 4 Faith, Women & Culture Erika Pearl


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Erika Pearl of IMA World Health presents experiences from IMA's work to engage faith leaders in sharing important health messages with communities through the development of sample sermons.

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  • Individuals reached is in an 18 month period (September 2010 – March 2012)th
  • Where people heard the MNCH messages
  • CCIH 2013 Concurrent Session 4 Faith, Women & Culture Erika Pearl

    1. 1. Faith, Woman, Culture and Context: What is the Way Forward? Sermon Guides Erika S. Pearl, MEd – Senior Program Officer Christian Connections for International Health June 2013
    2. 2. Women, Health & Education • Evidence worldwide establishes that better education of parents, especially of mothers, improves child survival. • Educated women also have healthier children who are more likely to survive. • A mother’s education is more important to her child’s survival than is household income or wealth. (Human Development Report 2013. The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. UNDP. Page 89.)
    3. 3. One of the Many Ways to Improve Women’s Health & Education • Empowering the most trusted leaders in the community to raise awareness and educate not only the women but also the families and communities • Linking evidence based interventions with scriptural teachings increases acceptance, behavior change and actions manifold • Sermon Guides on various health topics are a great tool to empower religious leaders and through them their constituencies resulting in not only saving lives but healthier individuals, families and communities.
    4. 4. Sermon Guides • Tool for Religious Leaders to educate community on health & development issues • 95 % of African affiliate with a religion • 75% of Africans trust religious leaders more than anyone else • Integration of scripture with evidence-based messages Sermon Guides Available Online:
    5. 5. Sermon Guides • Challenge of Religious Leaders having the necessary knowledge and training in weaving health messages with scriptural teachings • Led to the development of Sermon Guide for Reproductive and Child Health: A Toolkit for Tanzanian Religious Leaders
    6. 6. Tanzania MNCH Sermon Guide • Funded by USAID through MAISHA Project • Focus on Maternal, Newborn, Child Health issues • Kiswahili and English • Approved for use by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare • Developed in collaboration with: – Ministry of Health and Social Welfare • Health Education Section • National Malaria Control Program • Reproductive Child Health Section – Tanzania Episcopal Council (TEC) – Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) – Pentecostal Council of Tanzania (PCT) – National Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA)
    7. 7. Messages 1. Importance of ANC 2. Malaria Prevention while Pregnant 3. Birth Preparedness 4. Birth Spacing 5. Importance of Family/ Community Support 6. Skilled Attendant for Delivery/Health Center
    8. 8. Messages 7. Importance of Breastfeeding 8. Infection Protection 9. HIV/AIDS Testing & Care 10. Good Nutrition for Mother and Child 11. Importance of Immunization of Children
    9. 9. Impact • 9 National Sermon Guide Trainers trained – 2 each MOHSW, BAKWATA, IMA and 1 each TEC, CCT, PCT • 300 Religious Leaders & MOHSW representatives trained on Sermon Guide • 86,895 individuals reached in 6 Districts in Tanzania (September 2010 – March 2012) – Kilombero, Lindi, Nachingwea, Masasi, Iringa, Lude wa
    10. 10. Monitoring Focus Group Discussion • 203 Participants from 5 Districts – Iringa – Lindi – Masasi – Nachingwea – Ludewa 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Male Female Christians Muslims
    11. 11. Monitoring Focus Group Discussion MNCH Sources of Information 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 Health Facility Church Mosque Health Facility & Religious Network Other place
    12. 12. Monitoring Focus Group Discussion 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Early Attendance for ANC Family & Community Support Birth Spacing Religious Institutions Other
    13. 13. Testimonials I am pregnant and I am now attending ANC clinic after being taught at Church importance of attending at ANC clinic. – Iringa Mother I got this education when I was five months pregnant and I had not gone to clinic so after that day I went to clinic and I delivered safely. – Nachingwea Mother I liked the message on family planning because I realized that women who deliver in healthy intervals of at least 3 years remain healthy and children also grow well. We are able to improve our economy through working and manage planned family. I liked also Family Planning education because the Holy Quran teaches on importance of spacing children. – Ludewa Father
    14. 14. Action to Advocacy • Action programming is critical and so is Advocacy • Advocacy leads to Action • Action/Experience informs advocacy