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Co-mingling Faith and Health:

Alarmed by the health statistics of Nigerians, Christian and Muslim faith leaders are advocating for improved and accessible health services for all and contributing to the actualization of universal health coverage. Leveraging on faith leaders influence and networks remains a veritable approach to mobilize and engage community or congregational members in a sustainable way. Faith influence has also been recognized as a key element in the community health and social justice response. Therefore, Christian Aid is continuing to work closely and in partnership with NiNERELA+ and its network of faith leaders to use their influence to address critical issues that affect the poor and marginalized. The drive towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is essential to improve access to quality health services. Being a strong influence even on the health choices of their followers, faith leaders in Benue State and the FCT are being equipped to play an active role in ensuring better health outcomes for citizens. Through a 2-day technical meeting held with selected leaders in the FCT, advocacy priorities and plan for faith leaders on universal health coverage was developed. It also provided the opportunity to sensitize 22 religious leaders on UHC and the opportunities faith communities can take advantage of in supporting indigent members. The media advocacy campaigns focused on pushing for the actualization of UHC and community health insurance financing by faith leaders lends effort to reach beyond their immediate congregation. Using radio, it faith leaders explore how faith congregations can support attainment of UHC. Christian Aid is working in partnership with NINERELA to ensure that the influence of faith is harnessed to achieve improved and quality health for all.

Week 2: Lent reflections – Sunday 25 February

Philip Galgallo, Christian Aid’s country manager in Burundi, who grew up in Northern Kenya, provides a powerful reflection for the second week of Lent. He leads us into a deeper understanding of the wilderness of devastating drought. 

Week 3: Lent reflections – Sunday 4 March

In this third week of Lent we journey with those who have had to flee from violence in Nigeria.

Week 1: Lent reflections – Sunday 18 February

Our first Lent reflection, written by Christian Aid’s programme communication manager in Kenya, David Mudachi, leads us to reflect on the wilderness moments of our lives. It considers how, as societies, we can find inspiration to respond from Jesus’ wilderness sojourn.

Rohingya Crisis Appeal church poster

Downloadable Rohingya Crisis Appeal poster to print out and display in your church.

Week 4: Lent reflections – Sunday 11 March

Written by Bob Kikuyu, who is from Kenya and is Christian Aid’s Deputy Head of the Africa Division. He is formerly a church minister who has worked over many years with the poor in the slums of Nairobi.