Collection of reports, manuals, case studies, peer-reviewed articles and other resources for family planning education with a focus on faith-based actors.
Tools and Training Manuals
How Family Planning Methods Work | A tool for low-literacy populations. This brief and easy-to-read booklet was adapted by SIL LEAD and translated into several African languages by SIL International and other partners. It was adapted from a method mix tool originally designed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. It was developed to meet the needs of people with low literacy and explains various family planning methods and how they work, and includes biblical scripture demonstrating how family planning is consistent with Christian values.
Luganda and Lusoga (spoken in Uganda)
Kikuyu, Kisa, Meru and Swahili (spoken in Kenya)
The books can be produced in any language. If you are interested in producing the book in another language, please visit the Bloom page to download the software and customize the book.
Guidance for Developing Your Own Low-Literacy Guides: We encourage you to use the English version as a starting point and work with professionals to have it translated into languages that are important in your communities. Please use the materials developed by FHI360 under the Advancing Partners & Communities Project to test translated materials via Focus Groups and In-Depth-Interviews. All documents below can be personalized to your context. Before you test, be sure to obtain ethics approval.
Concept Note for Ethics Review
Focus Group Consent Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
In-Depth Interview Consent Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
Consent Form Record Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
Moderator Guide (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
Webinar on Developing Low-Literacy Tools
To encourage uptake of voluntary family planning services, communities need to understand their options and what is being offered. This webinar, held July 24, 2019, explored practical tools to inform communities in language they can understand of the variety of choices they have to time and space pregnancies and how you can use these tools in your community-based programs or develop your own for the areas where you work. Panelists talked about how to develop, test, and translate tools that work for communities. On the panel were Elizabeth Creel of JSI Research & Training Institute, Melanie Lopez of World Vision US, Paul Frank of SIL LEAD, and Irene Nakiriggya of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB).
Church of Uganda Wise Choices for Life Training Modules | 2015 | The Church of Uganda Health Department partnered with Wise Choices for Life to scale up reproductive health in Uganda through the Church’s structure. The Church adopted the training modules for three trainings on family planning education that help people understand how family planning and other healthy behaviors will improve their lives.
Church of Uganda Training Guide for Religious Leaders | 2013 | The Church of Uganda developed a Training Handbook for Religious Leaders and Church Institutions which presents a Christian-based approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, and Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
Engaging Faith Leaders in Family Planning | World Vision | 2014 | This resource was developed by Adrienne Allison and Elizabeth Foulkes of World Vision US to provide a review of the available literature about the work of faith-based organizations to engage faith leaders in family planning education and advocacy.
Faith Plus Youth Training Manual | Jesus Care Ministries | This training manual was developed to train youth in churches and mosques in Malawi to guide young people to lead a good life, be happy and to get the best out of life. This publication intends to promote better communication between young people and their parents, faith leaders, peers and the world at large. It has chapters on sexual and reproductive health, including discussions of abstinence, consequences of sex and unprotected intercourse and includes specific examples and role play to help youth learn how to handle situations they may encounter.
Case Studies from the Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa Project | The Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa (CAFPA) project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by CCIH, the Christian Health Association of Kenya and the Churches Health Association of Zambia. The goal of the project is to engage religious leaders in family planning advocacy with their congregations, communities and national and county governments. Religious leaders are well respected and influential in communities, making them ideal advocates on health issues, especially family planning education.
Case Studies for Year 1 from the Christian Health Association of Kenya and the Churches Health Association of Zambia
Case Studies for Year 2 from the Christian Health Association of Kenya and the Churches Health Association of Zambia
Case Study for Year 3 from the Christian Health Association of Kenya featuring the work of religious leaders in Kiambu County, Kenya with youth to address the problem of a rise in teenage pregnancies in the county, and to education youth about mental health issues, HIV prevention, and to encourage healthy behaviors regarding family relations and the positive use of technology.
Case Study for Year 4 from the Christian Health Association of Kenya featuring the work of Ustadh Rashid Osman, an Imam in Kilifi County, Kenya. Ustadh Rashid creatively engaged men at his mosque in new regularly scheduled discussions to talk about family planning and gender-based violence and other issues that affect maternal and family health. He also uses social media and WhatsApp groups to share messages and sensitize men in his community.
Published Articles (Including Peer-reviewed Journals)
Faith-Based Advocacy for Family Planning Works: Evidence From Kenya and Zambia | Global Health: Science and Practice Journal | June 2021 | This article was written by a team from the Christian Health Association of Kenya, the Churches Health Association of Zambia and Christian Connections for International Health. It explores an initiative to increase policy and financial commitment for FP and increase community support for FP through advocacy by predominantly Christian religious leaders in Kenya and Zambia in partnership with their health-related FBOs. See the article
CHAK Times Issue 60, January – April 2020 | This issue of the CHAK Times, published by the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) is focused on family planning, with additional focus on COVID-19 as the pandemic was erupting at that time. The issue includes reports of CHAK family planning projects, including reports on the work of the faith leaders involved in the Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa (CAFPA) project through CCIH and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Increasing Family Planning Access in Kenya Through Engagement of Faith-Based Health Facilities, Religious Leaders, and Community Health Volunteers | Global Health: Science and Practice Journal | September 2019 | The article explores how the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) engaged religious leaders to reach 700,000 people with family planning messages and referred 87,000 clients to health facilities. See the article
Christian Journal for Global Health Special Issue on Family Planning | July 2017, Vol 4 No 2 | Through support from the USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities, CCIH worked with the Christian Journal for Global Health (CJGH) to produce a special issue on family planning from a faith perspective. The issue included articles by CCIH members and others focused on both operational and ethical approaches to healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, and included several other articles on faith-based partnerships, issues such as commodity stockouts, the expanding role of Christian Health Associations, and leveraging community health workers and lay leaders. See the issue
Reports on Family Planning Projects (Endline Project Reports and Reports from Conferences/Workshops)
Advocacy Project Tapped Into the Power of Faith Leaders as Health Influencers | March 2022 | The Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa (CAFPA) project came to a close in December 2021 after seven years. The project, which was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leveraged the talent, commitment, influence and connections of faith leaders to drive change and build support for family planning (FP) and HIV prevention in their communities and among policymakers in Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria. See an article about the project, including activities and lessons learned.
Endline Results Brief from Passages Project | The Passages Project recently released its endline results brief for Masculinité, Famille, et Foi (MFF). The MFF project, an adaptation of the Tearfund-developed ‘Transforming Masculinities’ approach implemented from 2015-2020, worked within faith communities and with faith leaders to promote positive masculinities and gender equality to reduce gender-based violence and increase acceptability of family planning. This results brief shares findings from the quantitative endline evaluation of Masculinité, Famille et Foi, showing promising shifts in norms for FP use, among other outcomes within key populations. See the brief here.
Transforming Masculinities: Endline Quantitative Report | September 2020 | This report presents the results of an endline quantitative study conducted from November 2018 – February 2019. The intervention focuses on social norms and centers on religious leaders and faith communities in order to increase voluntary family planning use and reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) among newly married couples and first-time parents. The results indicate that the project change strategies – engaging faith-based networks in critical reflection around norms related to FP – are likely leading to improvements in voluntary use of modern contraception and intermediate outcomes related to FP and modern contraceptive use among new couples and first-time parents. However, findings related to intimate partner violence, gender, and diffusion are more mixed.
Endline Report of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau Community-Based Family Planning Project | October 2019 | In December 2017, the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) was awarded a one-year cooperative funding agreement from USAID through Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) to implement a project to integrate community-based family planning (FP) into the Anglican Church of Uganda’s health structures and health facilities. Based on available data, there is convincing evidence that the project successfully increased FP uptake at the project health facilities, with the largest increases seen at the rural sites. See the Endline Report of the Project
Advancing Family Planning in Last Mile Communities: Voices of Experiences | September 2019 | The USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) project worked with grantee CCIH to conduct a workshop in September 2019 to explore priority gapes in rolling out voluntary family planning and programming in last-mile communities, where access and use remain low; how programs can link the work of community health workers and other community-based champions to clinics providing family planning; and what faith-based organizations and community-based organizations can do to be advocates in improving access to and utilization of services for last-mile clients. This workshop included partners from various faith traditions from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and challenged them to think deeply and in a different way to create concrete recommendations for a way forward for faith communities engaging in family planning. See the Report from the Consultation
Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) Biennial Meeting, Family Planning Preconference Session Report | CCIH (through the Advancing Partners & Communities Project), the USAID-funded Evidence to Action Project (E2A), and Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) joined to co-host a pre-conference session on family planning at ACHAP’s biennial meeting, on February 23, 2015, that sought to empower participating organizations to improve the health of families in their communities through high-quality, accessible FP services.
Resources from the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) Master FAM Project 2014-2018 | This report presents findings between the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University on the effectiveness of fertility awareness methods in family planning. Read findings from the report.
Video: Strengthening Family Planning with Faith Based Organizations in Uganda | 2018 | The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), in collaboration with the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University, used a systems approach to strengthen their family planning capacity. Results of this project suggest that FBOs can meaningfully contribute to national and international family planning goals.
TwoDay Method Marking Calendar | This natural method of family planning helps a woman know the days she is fertile or infertile. It is more than 96% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly. The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau created a calendar, along with instructions, to help women use the method. Learn more about the TwoDay Method Calendar.