HP+ collaborated with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Health (Division of Reproductive Health), and the Catholic and Protestant churches in Mali to develop a Christian family planning advocacy tool with the goal of promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. Christian leaders selected key Bible verses related to family well-being and birth spacing, as well as passages oriented toward eliminating early marriage and increasing male engagement in maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning/reproductive health. The tool includes statistics on family planning as well as prevention strategies and key messages for dispelling rumors and decreasing stigma toward use of modern contraceptives. As part of this process, religious leaders were trained on presenting family planning advocacy messages in their congregations and communities, and joining advocacy efforts to hold the government accountable for the national family planning plan and commitments made to the Ouagadougou Partnership and FP2020.
Health Policy Plus, et al. 2018. La santé et la population au regard du Christianisme. Washington, DC: Palladium, Health Policy Plus.
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