Many Christian organizations provide family planning. They have long-term working relationships with numerous faith groups, health systems and governments and are uniquely placed to hear and voice the concerns of both health professionals and ordinary citizens.
Faith and Family Planning: A Visual Story
To help dispel the misperception that faith leaders do not support family planning, CCIH partnered with fellow United Nations Foundation Universal Access Program partner Resource Media to produce a visual story featuring interviews with Christian faith and medical leaders explaining why they support family planning. The story features Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, Executive Director, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau; Reverend Onesimus Asiimwe, Youth Director, Anglican Church of Uganda; and Dr. Samuel Mwenda, General Secretary, Christian Health Association of Kenya.
Better Access to Family Planning and HIV Services through Integration | June 2015 | Jackie* had been feeling sick off and on for three to four months. The 32-year-old mother of three was known as the Iron Lady in her community in Monrovia, Liberia due to her energetic nature. But lately she did not have the energy she used to and was experiencing symptoms that concerned her. She described her symptoms to a health worker from an Afro-Medical Community Health and Welfare Service (ACHWS) clinic visiting her community during an outreach exercise. More
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.
Video Series: Family Planning Integration and Faith Leader Involvement
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 interviews, 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)
Christian Hospital in Pakistan Integrates Family Planning with Immunization and Encourages Healthy Birth Spacing | December 2014 | Involving men in healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies can be difficult in any society. In a male dominated society, such as Pakistan, it can be especially challenging. In order to educate men about family planning indirectly, female staff at the Kunri Christian Hospital in southern Pakistan talk to women about family planning and encourage them to take this knowledge home to their husbands and partners.
Baptist Organization Integrates Family Planning Services with Cancer Screening | December 2014 | If Mardea* had not had the convenience of cancer screening and family planning services available in her rural community in Cameroon, her story is likely to be very different. Fortunately, Mardea’s cancer was detected during screening at a mobile clinic operated by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services.
Religious Leaders as Family Planning Advocates in Uganda | March 2014 | Hearing a positive message about contraception from a religious leader may be surprising, but according to Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), it should not be. “Biblically speaking, family planning is supported because it helps provide life in its fullest,” said Dr. Tumwesigye, who serves as executive director of the network of 278 Protestant church-affiliated health facilities.
Family Planning in Zambia: A Christian Perspective – An Interview with Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia
Family Planning in Zimbabwe: An Interview with Vuyelwa Tenjiwe Sidile-Chitimbire of the Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals
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 | July 2013 | There are a number of factors keeping women in South Sudan from planning pregnancies at times that would be optimal for their health, a critical strategy in reducing maternal deaths.
Lack of Supplies, Not Faith, Often Derails Family Planning | November 2012 | It is frequently lack of supplies and information and not faith that inhibits couples in developing nations from planning and safely spacing the births of their children.
Faith-based Organizations Provide Family Planning Where Few Options Exist | August 2012 | The Free Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo provides family planning services to women in a much-needed area that has endured violence and lack of health care.
Family Planning Is Critical to Church Role in Health Care | August 2012 | The members of the Christian Health Association of Kenya provide health care, including helping families safely space the births of their children. Faith-based organizations provide roughly 30 percent of all health care in Kenya, making them a crucial part of meeting the population’s need for care.
Dr. Ron Mataya, originally from Malawi of the University of Malawi, College of Medicine and Loma Linda University (California) discusses why family planning is so important to the health of women and children in developing nations.