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No more harmful traditional practices: working with faith leaders

In 2017 a consortium of members of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) undertook a study funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), entitled ‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices'. The United Nations has defined harmful traditional practices (HTPs) as follows: Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members, while others are harmful to a specific group, such as women. These harmful traditional practices include female genital mutilation (FGM); forced feeding of women; early marriage; the various taboos or practices which prevent women from controlling their own fertility; nutritional taboos and traditional birth practices; son preference and its implications for the status of the girl child; female infanticide; early pregnancy; and dowry price. Despite their harmful nature and their violation of international human rights laws, such practices persist because they are not questioned and take on an aura of morality in the eyes of those practicing them. Faith leaders are men and women recognised by their faith community, both formally or informally, as playing authoritative and influential leadership roles within faith institutions to guide, inspire or lead others (of faith). This may be within a formal religious hierarchy of accountability, but also includes informal movements. This report serves as a synthesis of the study findings.

Working effectively with faith leaders - harmful traditional practices

In 2016, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development released a call for proposals for a study entitled “Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices.” A Consortium of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, an international alliance examining the contribution of faith groups to community health and wellbeing, undertook this study to investigate best practices around engaging with faith leaders on harmful traditional practices (HTPs). This study is currently on-going and will continue until 2018.

Partnership for Improved Child Health: delivering child healthcare

Most cases of child death in Nigeria are caused by treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. These are case studies from Christian Aid Nigeria's UK Aid Match funded PICH project, to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in under fives.

Case studies - improving community response against malaria

The Improving Community Response against Malaria (ICRAM+K) project commenced in 2014. The goal of the project was to establish a combined approach to management of malaria in the community through the promotion of rapid diagnostic testing, uptake of ACTs and use of Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) by Community Health Agents. A strong advocacy and sustainability elements were incorporated in the project to mobilise government to ensure access to health services and supplies as well as build the capacity of citizens and community development committees to increase accountability and responsiveness of the healthcare system. The project tagged ICRAM+K in Kaduna, was implemented in 10 Communities in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State by Christian Aid partners, Nazarene Rural Health Ministry (NRHM) and Archdiocesan Catholic Healthcare Initiative (ACHI-DACA). 

Kenya: a closer look at older age and disability in health programming

Christian Aid’s PPA programme looks at reaching the most vulnerable through health care interventions. Here we share some case studies from Kenya.

Power analysis: A learning review

This learning review explores how power analysis is integrated in Christian Aid resilience programmes funded by CHASE and General PPAs 2011-2016.

PACS programme summary film

A final wrap up film of the Poorest Areas Civil Society programme in India, showing achievements and learnings.

Kenya: health governance (INTRAC) - a theory-based approach

Kenya is one of five country studies carried out as part of an organisational assessment of Christian Aid’s work on accountable governance.

Improved Cookstoves for Community Development (ICCD): a market based solution to an old health kitchen problem

A report on the success of 'improved cookstoves for community development' (ICCD) - a six-month pilot project aimed at improving the health status of poor and marginalised households in Nigeria.

Myanmar case study: working towards health convergence

Case study exploring 'convergence’ - a crucial issue in Myanmar’s health sector. Since a civilian government took power in 2011, opportunities for a more comprehensive and unified health system have increased.

Extending maternal and child health services to villages in eastern My

Case study exploring maternal, neonatal and child health - a vital component of Christian Aid's community health programmes in eastern Myanmar.

Controlling malaria in eastern Myanmar

Myanmar has the highest incidence of malaria and mortality rates in Southeast Asia. This case study looks at Christian Aid's work to control malaria in eastern Myanmar.