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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.

December meditation

Mary’s Magnificat.

Daily reading: 16 February

‘The womb that bore you.’

Brazil elections - Prayer of the name of God taken in vain

Reflecting on Brazil's elections, our Global Theology Advisor Nancy Cardoso shared the following prayer.

November meditation

28 words of peace.

September meditation

Farming, cooking, carrying firewood: life was a constant struggle for Aster. Now she’s come together with women in her village, in Ethiopia, to open a shop powered by the sun. It's a thriving business and a resource for the community - it has sown the seeds of a better future. Stand together with our sisters and brothers in Ethiopia this Harvest, and give thanks for our global family, as we meditate on these words of the Harvest prayer.

World Refugee Day Prayer

A prayer for World Refugee Day, remembering all who are making difficult journeys and facing an uncertain future as they seek refuge. Words provided by Rev Dr Sam Wells.  

May meditation

This month we join in prayer with Vilia who prays for her community in Haiti and for us all. May her words be an inspiration and encouragement to us all as we pray, act and give for a world where we stand together against injustice as sisters and brothers across the world.

Easter Sunday meditation

A meditation on hope, transformation and the new beginning that Jesus’s resurrection brings. Including footage of sisters and brothers who have been displaced from their homes in Kenya, due to a changing climate, who we have journeyed with during Lent.

Ash Wednesday meditation

A meditation on dust, ash and carbon for Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day. Reminding ourselves that while all return to the dust of the earth we still believe in life before death.

Weekly worship: Sunday 28 January

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany