Voices from the Global South Print

The members of Christian Connections for International Health span the globe. They have long-term working relationships with numerous faith groups, health systems and governments. They are uniquely placed to hear and voice the concerns of both health professionals and ordinary citizens. Here CCIH has gathered statements about family planning, its history, and its current strengths and weaknesses in several countries of the Global South.  

2016

Why Religious Leaders Must Be Involved in Family Planning Religious leaders from churches in Zambia share their views on why faith leaders should be involved in family planning. Leaders from the Anglican Church in Zambia, the Salvation Army, and the Church of God share how their organizations promote family planning, provide a forum for discussion and in the case of the Salvation Army, provide family planning services at a hospital. 

 

Family Planning Helps Families Be Self-Sufficient Religious leaders in Zambia explain why they believe family planning empowers families and helps them to be self sufficient. Faith leaders from the Church of God,  Baptist Church, Wesleyan Church, Salvation Army and the Anglican Church discuss the health benefits to mothers and children of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. They also refer to scripture supporting the call for parents to support their children and take responsibility for planning their families.

 

Why Churches Talk to Youth about Family Planning Religious leaders in Zambia address how their churches handle the natural curiosity young people have about sex through teen programs and youth meetings designed to help guide youth toward a healthy biblically based attitude. Leaders from the Wesleyan Church, the Reformed Church in Zambia and the Church of God discuss strategies to help youth delay sexual activity and learn to protect their health. 

 

God Wants Us To Plan: What the Bible Says about Family Planning Religious leaders in Zambia turn to scripture to explain why they believe Christianity supports family planning. Leaders from the Baptist Church, the Wesleyan Church, and the Reformed Church in Zambia discuss the divine mandate to have dominion over the Earth, only achievable if we are responsible and able to support our families. They also address the misconception that God disapproved of contraception in the story of Onan in Genesis.

 

Father John Waihiga of Kenya Hear Father John Waihiga of the Orthodox Church Kimende in Kiambu County, Kenya share his views on how the Bible supports healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy through the use of family planning for healthier mothers, children, congregations and entire communities. Father John explores scripture, such as 1 Timothy 5:8 and Genesis 1:28, to explain how Christians are following God's call to be responsible parents and stewards of creation by planning their families.

 

2015

World Vision Helps Families Space Pregnancies for Child Survival | August 2015 | The Christian humanitarian organization World Vision began integrating healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies (family planning) into its maternal and child health programs after analyzing evidence showing the link between pregnancy spacing and child survival. In this interview, Adrienne Allison, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor for Family Planning and Reproductive Health at World Vision explains what integration means and the compelling evidence that led the organization to make that change.

HIV FP Integration in Liberia | June 2015 | Patience Flomo of the Afro-Medical Community Health and Welfare Service (ACHWS) in Monrovia shares the story of Jackie, an HIV-positive Liberian woman who is being helped to manage her HIV and avoid unintended pregnancies through the integration of HIV and family planning services.

Family Planning Integration and Faith Leader Involvement | February 2015 | This series of brief videos includes interviews with Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, Executive Director of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau and Dr. Mwai Makoka, Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Malawi. In the interview, they discuss how their organizations integrate family planning with other health services and involve faith leaders in family planning education and promotion.

Integration of Family Planning with Immunization and Other Health Services | Interview with Dr. Tumwesigye and Dr. Makoka (2:10 minutes)

Support Among Religious Leaders for Family Planning in Malawi | Interview with Dr. Makoka (1:34 minutes)

Involving Religious Leaders in Promoting Health Services in Uganda | Interview with Dr. Tumwesigye (1:59 minutes)

Religious Leaders as Family Planning Champions in Uganda | Interview with Dr. Tumwesigye (2:16 minutes)

Training Religious Leaders on Family Planning in Uganda | Interview with Dr. Tumwesigye (1:15 minutes)

2014

Christian Hospital in Pakistan Integrates Family Planning with Immunization and Encourages Healthy Birth Spacing | December 2014

Baptist Organization Integrates Family Planning Services with Cancer Screening | December 2014

Religious Leaders as Family Planning Adovcates in Uganda | March 2014 

Family Planning in Zambia: A Christian Perspective - An Interview with Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia | February 2014

Family Planning in Zimbabwe: An Interview with Vuyelwa Tenjiwe Sidile-Chitimbire of the Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals | January 2014

2013

Christians and Family Planning: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Gobgab of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria | November 2013

Why So Many Women in South Sudan Die Young | Christian Health Association of Sudan | July 2013

2012

Lack of Supplies, Not Faith, Often Derails Family Planning | Christian Relief and Development (Democratic Republic of Congo) | November 2012   

Faith-Based Organizations Provide Family Planning Where Few Options Exist | Free Methodist Church (Democratic Republic of Congo) | August 2012
 
Family Planning Critical to Church Role in Health Care | Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) | August 2012
 
Archives
 
 
Family Planning in India: A historical view of the Churches' role Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) 
 
Doing Family Planning in short-term projects: Local activities suffer | Eglise du Christ au Congo (ECC, Democratic Republic of Congo)  
Good past programs are now declining | Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK)
 
We've kept on going Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals (ZACH)
 

Case studies:

Hope Clinic Uganda 


Videos 

Family Planning in Zambia: A Christian Perspective - An Interview with Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia | February 2014

Family Planning in Zimbabwe: An Interview with Vuyelwa Tenjiwe Sidile-Chitimbire of the Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals | January 2014

Christians and Family Planning: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Gobgab of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria | November 2013 

Dr. Ron Mataya, Malawi, University of Malawi, College of Medicine and Loma Linda University (California) | June 2012

 


Interview with Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia

"When you provide 50 percent of care in rural areas, you have to do the right thing. We are client centered. We provide holistic care. We embrace partnerships." - Karen Sichinga, Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:40 )