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MOBILIZING MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS AS RH/FP “CHAMPIONS” Leah Sawalha Freij, PhD, MPH CORE Group Spring Meeting 2011 Equit...
Rationale <ul><li>“ There are many communities without schools, health facilities or sanitation, but there is hardly any c...
ESD’s Approach <ul><li>Build capacity of Religious Leaders (RLs) to act as change agents to shift community attitudes/beha...
ESD MODEL: Engaging Religious Leaders as Champions of RH/FP Identify champions & Build Alliances Foster Partnerships Adapt...
<ul><li>RLs - main source of info on FP and breast feeding </li></ul><ul><li>RLs expanded 2 religious education centers to...
Results- Nigeria <ul><li>35 RLs in Kano   state trained over 1,000 RLs across state </li></ul><ul><li>Over 500,000 people ...
Results- Pakistan <ul><li>6 religious sects approved RL training  </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm shift in FP from limiting to ...
Lessons Learned (pearls of wisdom)  <ul><li>RLs are untapped development actors </li></ul><ul><li>Include RLs from all sec...
THANK YOU! <ul><li>For further information contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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Rl presentation, core group meeting (final) freij

  1. 1. MOBILIZING MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS AS RH/FP “CHAMPIONS” Leah Sawalha Freij, PhD, MPH CORE Group Spring Meeting 2011 Equity in Health: Ensuring Access, Increasing Use
  2. 2. Rationale <ul><li>“ There are many communities without schools, health facilities or sanitation, but there is hardly any community without a place of worship.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Carol Bellamy (former Executive Director, UNICEF) </li></ul>
  3. 3. ESD’s Approach <ul><li>Build capacity of Religious Leaders (RLs) to act as change agents to shift community attitudes/behaviors </li></ul>
  4. 4. ESD MODEL: Engaging Religious Leaders as Champions of RH/FP Identify champions & Build Alliances Foster Partnerships Adapt to Local Context Document & Disseminate Implementation M&E Capacity Building Supportive Supervision Outreach Services Study Tour
  5. 5. <ul><li>RLs - main source of info on FP and breast feeding </li></ul><ul><li>RLs expanded 2 religious education centers to provide RH/maternal services </li></ul><ul><li>RLs issued & distributed 4 educational brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Religious Affairs issued edict asking RLs to disseminate messages </li></ul>Results - Yemen
  6. 6. Results- Nigeria <ul><li>35 RLs in Kano state trained over 1,000 RLs across state </li></ul><ul><li>Over 500,000 people reached across state </li></ul><ul><li>60,000 + young women/families reached at household level </li></ul><ul><li>Instrumental in getting community members to donate blood </li></ul>
  7. 7. Results- Pakistan <ul><li>6 religious sects approved RL training </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm shift in FP from limiting to spacing births </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of healthy timing & spacing of pregnancies and role of RLs included in draft national population policy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lessons Learned (pearls of wisdom) <ul><li>RLs are untapped development actors </li></ul><ul><li>Include RLs from all sects </li></ul><ul><li>Use culturally appropriate terminologies for FP </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen linkages between RLs & health providers/NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate country-specific fatwas supportive of RH/FP </li></ul>
  9. 9. THANK YOU! <ul><li>For further information contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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