About the Faith Subcommittee
Committee's Vision for ICFP2022
The Subcommittee also seeks to leverage ICFP 2022 as an opportunity to share this message outside the family planning community to reach broad populations, including people of faith, to help dispel myths that family planning goes against faith-based values, and instead, is consistent with beliefs that support protecting mothers and children.
Members, Partners & Supporters
Representatives from Christian Connections for International Health, Catholics for Reproductive Health and the Faith To Action Network (F2A) are co-chairing the Subcommittee. A number of representatives from other organizations are serving on the Subcommittee, including:
Get In Touch
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Faith Community Overview
The Faith Community Is Key to Universal Access
Faith is a fundamental part of life for people across the globe. Research shows that worldwide, more than eight in ten people identify with a religion. More importantly for improving family planning access in underserved areas, over 90 percent of people in countries with an unmet need for family planning consider religion a very important part of who they are. Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary that these communities are able to see that family planning is consistent with their faith values and supports healthy families.
Faith Leaders as Influential Advocates
Religious leaders are well respected and influential with their communities and policymakers, making them ideal advocates for sensitive issues such as family planning and reproductive health.
Faith-based Health Providers Reach Far and Wide
Faith-based health providers are major health care providers around the world. In 2015, The Lancet explored the reach and quality of faith-based health providers, which provide 20 to 70 percent of medical care in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Lancet series, evidence indicates that the faith-based providers give care without prejudice to people of all faiths and the populations they serve have a high opinion of the care they receive.
The Faith Community at ICFP2022
Faith Community Commitment Statement at ICFP 2022
The faith community read a commitment statement at the closing plenary session of the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). The faith community expressed commitment to family planning in a statement read by Sheikh Saliou Mbacke of Cadre des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement in Senegal. Faith actors committed to interfaith action and collaboration with the global health and family planning community in order to increase understanding, and build bridges between different stakeholders to ensure a greater and more significant impact, leading to healthier mothers, babies and families.
Déclaration des leaders religieux participants à l’ICFP 2022
La communauté confessionnelle a lu une déclaration d’engagement lors de la séance plénière de clôture de la Conférence internationale sur la planification familiale (ICFP) de 2022. La communauté confessionnelle a exprimé son engagement envers la planification familiale dans une déclaration lue par Cheikh Saliou Mbacke du Cadre des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement au Sénégal. Les acteurs religieux se sont engagés dans l’action et la collaboration interconfessionnelles avec la communauté mondiale de la santé et de la planification familiale afin d’accroître la compréhension et de jeter des ponts entre les différentes parties prenantes pour assurer un impact plus important et plus significatif, conduisant à des mères, des bébés et des familles en meilleure santé.
View all faith-related events from ICFP2022 below:
Watch the faith track sessions recorded at ICFP2022:
1. Power of key influencers to influence social norms about family planning
View speakers, session descriptions, and additional materials from this session here.
Faith Community Webinar
Faith & #NotWithoutFP Forum
Community Events & Resources
Strengthening Partnership with Faith Actors in Family Planning: A Strategic Planning Guide
This guide is intended to lead program planners and decision-makers through a strategic process to engage and strengthen partnership with faith actors in family planning. The guide was developed through consultation with technical experts* and builds on guidance from key resources noted in the guide. The key actions in this SPG will enable a variety of stakeholders to engage in a joint effort to identify and develop approaches to collaborate more effectively, openly, and transparently on family planning, as best fits each partnership’s context.
Lessons from Partnering with Faith-based Organizations in Very Young Adolescent Programming
This brief, released by USAID MOMENTUM on 1 June 2023, explores the potential of faith-based organizations to meaningfully address harmful gender and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) attitudes, behaviors, and norms among very young adolescents (VYAs), their families, and communities in Bangladesh.
Strengthening very young adolescents in gender equality in Bangladesh
This field report was published in Christian Journal for Global Health (CJGH) on 29 May 29 2023.
Family Planning & Faith Critical Dialogues Series
FP2030’s Family Planning & Faith Critical Dialogues Series starts on Thursday, 18 May with a webinar sharing best practices on interfaith policy and advocacy approaches among faith actors in Eastern and Southern Africa, with the goal of fostering meaningful engagement towards driving family planning progress.
This guide is designed to support faith communities, congregations and religious leaders who want to improve family planning (FP) literacy and acceptance through sermons and other messaging opportunities.
via MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership
This toolkit is designed to equip faith actors and related stakeholders—such as Ministries of Health, medical and scientific bodies, and non-profit organizations that partner with or work alongside faith actors—with the information and tools needed to raise awareness, reduce misinformation, and address barriers that prevent faith communities in particular from engaging in vaccination.
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