21 November 2016
Faith Alliance for Health
The Faith Alliance for Health is honoured to commit to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths by 2030 by mobilizing 1 million faith leaders to reach 50 million families or an estimated 250 million people living in countries with a high burden of child deaths from 2016 to 2020. We believe that by identifying and then supporting a cadre of highly influential faith leaders to educate their communities in the behaviours that are most likely to result in healthy, thriving children, this initiative will have a significant impact on reducing child mortality and morbidity and accelerating achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3.
In the course of implementing this commitment between 2016 and 2020, the Faith Alliance for Health partners will select a subset of high-burden countries, with an initial focus on Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda to (1) identify 1 million faith leaders in target geographies; (2) establish or reinforce existing national level faith alliances to empower and equip the identified faith leaders to improve child health; (3) support national faith alliances, multi-faith where relevant, to develop national plans for faith mobilization for child health promotion and disease prevention; (4) at global and national levels, leverage expertise of global partners to document and share lessons learned and best practices. The Faith Alliance for Health commits $464,580,000 of in-kind support and staff time to this effort.