Global Maternal Health Conference 2013
Empowering religious, faith-based and traditional customs, practices, and leaders provides a non-clinical approach to disseminating maternal health messages. Mkusa's behavior change program in Tanzania encouraged religious leaders to create a demand and increase use of maternal health services by providing a toolkit to increase these behaviors. Also in Tanzania, Brewster described a couple-centered, faith-based model program, used to increase communication on healthcare, household finances and decision making. In Bangladesh, Talukder's qualitative methods to provided perceptions around fistulas. Results found many respondents had misconceptions and incorrect beliefs about fistula. Sada studied how religion influences adolescents in Northern Nigeria. It was found that adolescent females are a missed opportunity for messages from faith based leaders.
Moderator: Judith Helzner, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Inter-faith religious leaders partner with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to reduce maternal and child deaths in Tanzania
Veronica Mkusa, IMA World Health
Exploring improved access to maternal health services through enhanced couple communication and faith values
Dorothy Brewster, Catholic Relief Services
Traditions, norms, cultures, and religions as they relate to access to and demand for quality obstetric fistula treatment and care in Bangladesh
Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder, Eminence
Faith and traditional leaders: Influence and impact on adolescent girls’ lives
Fatima Sada, Girl Hub
Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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