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About the Faith Subcommittee
In light of the powerful influence of faith, faith leaders and the far reach of faith-based health providers, the faith community must be involved in family planning to achieve universal access. The Faith Subcommittee formed before the 2016 ICFP in Indonesia to bring together representatives from a variety of faith traditions to share best practices in faith-based involvement in FP, lift up the work of FBOs in family planning to dispel harmful myths and misperceptions, and encourage partnership among FBOs and the broader global health community.
Committee's Vision for ICFP2022
There is growing recognition among the global health community at large and the family planning community in particular about the vital role of the faith community in expanding access and uptake of family planning. The Faith Subcommittee plans to continue its earlier momentum and heighten awareness at ICFP 2022 among the broader family planning community that faith-based organizations are ready, willing and effective partners in family planning education, provision and advocacy.

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:

Act Church of Sweden
Al Azhar University
Cadre des Religieux pour La Santé et Le Développement (CRSD)
Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH)
Christian Connections for International Health
Christian Health Association of Kenya
Faith to Action Network
Gates Institute 
Institute for Social and Youth Development (ISYD)
Muslim Family Counselling Services MFCS
Pathfinder International 
RICH – Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health
The Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, Subcommittee Continuing Professional Development
USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health 
World Vision – EU
World Vision US 
World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD)
World Relief
Y Coalition
Get In Touch

If you are interested in knowing more about the ICFP Faith Subcommittee, please 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.

Faith at ICFP2022

View all faith-related events that took place at ICFP2022 below. 

Faith track sessions recorded at ICFP2022 in Pattaya City, Thailand:

1. Power of key influencers to influence social norms about family planning

View speakers, session descriptions, and additional materials from this session here.

2. Faith & FP: Examples from Kenya, Tchad, Niger and Somalia

View speakers, session descriptions, and additional materials from this session here.

Faith Community Webinar
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Faith & #NotWithoutFP Forum

Featured Community Events & Resources

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.

Family Planning Sermon and Messaging Guide for Faith Communities

via Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH)

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.

Promoting Vaccination: A Toolkit for Collaborating with Faith Communities

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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