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A Life in the Day     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Acta Informatica Medica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Scientiarum. Health Sciences     Open Access  
Adultspan Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Advances in Child Development and Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
African Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
African Journal of Health Professions Education     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Afrimedic Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
AJOB Primary Research     Partially Free   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Family Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Health Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
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American Journal of Preventive Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
American Journal of Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 221)
American Journal of Public Health Research     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
American Medical Writers Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Analytic Methods in Accident Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità     Open Access  
Annals of Global Health     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Annals of Health Law     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Applied Biosafety     Hybrid Journal  
Applied Research In Health And Social Sciences : Interface And Interaction     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archive of Community Health     Open Access  
Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Arquivos de Ciências da Saúde     Open Access  
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Atención Primaria     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Australian Advanced Aesthetics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Australian Family Physician     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin     Free   (Followers: 6)
Autism & Developmental Language Impairments     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Behavioral Healthcare     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Best Practices in Mental Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Bijzijn     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Biomedical Safety & Standards     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences     Open Access  
BMC Oral Health     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Brazilian Journal of Medicine and Human Health     Open Access  
Buletin Penelitian Kesehatan     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Buletin Penelitian Sistem Kesehatan     Open Access  
Bulletin of the World Health Organization     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Cadernos de Educação, Saúde e Fisioterapia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos Saúde Coletiva     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Family Physician     Partially Free   (Followers: 12)
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Journal of Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Case Reports in Women's Health     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Studies in Fire Safety     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Central Asian Journal of Global Health     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Central European Journal of Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
CES Medicina     Open Access  
Child Abuse Research in South Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Child's Nervous System     Hybrid Journal  
Childhood Obesity and Nutrition     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Children     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research     Open Access  
Christian Journal for Global Health     Open Access  
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencia y Cuidado     Open Access  
Ciencia, Tecnología y Salud     Open Access  
ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
CME     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CoDAS     Open Access  
Community Health     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Conflict and Health     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Curare     Open Access  
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Day Surgery Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Digital Health     Open Access  
Dramatherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Drogues, santé et société     Full-text available via subscription  
Duazary     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early Childhood Research Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
East African Journal of Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
EcoHealth     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Education for Health     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
electronic Journal of Health Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
ElectronicHealthcare     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Elsevier Ergonomics Book Series     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Emergency Services SA     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ensaios e Ciência: Ciências Biológicas, Agrárias e da Saúde     Open Access  
Environmental Disease     Open Access  
Environmental Sciences Europe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Epidemics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Ethics, Medicine and Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of Health Development     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Ethnicity & Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Medical, Health and Pharmaceutical Journal     Open Access  
Evaluation & the Health Professions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Evidence-based Medicine & Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Evidência - Ciência e Biotecnologia - Interdisciplinar     Open Access  
Expressa Extensão     Open Access  
Face à face     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Families, Systems, & Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Family & Community Health     Partially Free   (Followers: 12)
Family Medicine and Community Health     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 11)
Fatigue : Biomedicine, Health & Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Food and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Frontiers in Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Gaceta Sanitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Galen Medical Journal     Open Access  
Geospatial Health     Open Access  
Gesundheitsökonomie & Qualitätsmanagement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Giornale Italiano di Health Technology Assessment     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Health : Science and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Global Health Promotion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Global Journal of Health Science     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Global Journal of Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Global Medical & Health Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Globalization and Health     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Hacia la Promoción de la Salud     Open Access  
Hastings Center Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
HEADline     Hybrid Journal  
Health & Place     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Health & Justice     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Health : An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Health and Human Rights     Free   (Followers: 8)
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Health and Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
Health Behavior and Policy Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Health Care Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Health Inform     Full-text available via subscription  
Health Information Management Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Health Issues     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Health Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Health Policy and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Health Professional Student Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Health Promotion International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Health Promotion Journal of Australia : Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Health Promotion Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Health Prospect     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Health Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 48)
Health Psychology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Health Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Health Renaissance     Open Access  
Health Research Policy and Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Health SA Gesondheid     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Health Science Reports     Open Access  
Health Sciences and Disease     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Health Services Insights     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Health Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Health Voices     Full-text available via subscription  
Health, Culture and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Health, Risk & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Healthcare     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Healthcare in Low-resource Settings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Healthcare Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Healthy-Mu Journal     Open Access  
HERD : Health Environments Research & Design Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Highland Medical Research Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Hispanic Health Care International     Full-text available via subscription  
HIV & AIDS Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Home Health Care Services Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Hospitals & Health Networks     Free   (Followers: 4)
IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
IMTU Medical Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Indian Journal of Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Indonesian Journal for Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inmanencia. Revista del Hospital Interzonal General de Agudos (HIGA) Eva Perón     Open Access  
Innovative Journal of Medical and Health Sciences     Open Access  
Institute for Security Studies Papers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
interactive Journal of Medical Research     Open Access  
International Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal for Equity in Health     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal for Quality in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
International Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Circumpolar Health     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Health & Allied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Journal of Health Geographics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)

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  • The global church and family planning: creative collaboration

    • Authors: H Elliott Larson
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: A survey of articles on family planning and creative collaboration.
      PubDate: 2017-06-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Communities of faith and the global family planning movement: friends or
           foes'

    • Authors: Rebecca Grace Oas
      Pages: 3 - 9
      Abstract: Within the Christian community, diverse views exist on the theological and moral dimensions of family planning, and specifically of contraception. Discussion of these issues frequently focuses on the family planning as a collection of methods and commodities used to space or limit pregnancies.   Often missing from the discussion is the notion of family planning as a social and political movement, and the degree to which this movement’s philosophy and goals are compatible with Christian theology. Nevertheless, faith-based aid organizations, including those with no objection to contraceptive use, must seriously grapple with the moral and practical implications of partnering with the institutions of the global family planning movement.
      PubDate: 2017-07-07
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Social accountability and education revives auxiliary nurse-midwife
           sub-centers in India, reduces travel time and increases access to family
           planning services

    • Authors: Susan Otchere, Varghese Jacob, Abhishek Anurag Toppo, Ashwin Massey, Sandeep Samson
      Pages: 10 - 18
      Abstract: Background: Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the most populous state in India. The maternal mortality ratio, infant mortality rate and fertility rates, are all higher than the national average. Sixty per cent of UP inhabitants live in rural communities. Reasons behind the poor state of health and services in many areas of UP is inadequate knowledge and availability in communities of healthy behaviors and information on available government health services. Methods: World Vision Inc. implemented a three-and-half year mobilizing for maternal and neonatal health through birth spacing and advocacy project (MOMENT), partnering with local organizations in rural Hardoi and urban slums of Lucknow districts in UP. World Vision Inc. used print, audio and visual media, and house-to-house contacts to educate communities on timing and spacing of pregnancies, the benefits of seeking and using maternal and child health (MCH) including immunization, and family planning (FP) services. This paper focuses on World Vision’s Social Accountability strategy – Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) and interface meetings – used in Hardoi that helped, educate and empower Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs), and village leaders to access “Government Untied Funds” to improve community social and health services. Results: 40 VHSNCs were revived in 24 months. Nine local leaders accessed government untied funds. In addition, increased knowledge of the benefits of timing and spacing of pregnancies, MCH, FP services, and access to community entitlements, led the community to embrace, work together to contribute their time to rebuild and reopen 17 non-functional Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) subcenters. 17 ANMs received refresher training to provide quality care. Sub-center data showed 1,121 and 3,156 women opted for intra-uterine contraceptive device and oral pills respectively and 29,316 condoms were distributed. Conclusion: In Hardoi, UP, education, using CVA, and interface meetings are contributing to increasing the number of government sub-centers that integrate contraceptive services with others such as immunization and antenatal care, bringing care closer and more accessible to women and children, and reducing travel time and cost to families who would have otherwise sought these services from higher level facilities. Social accountability can help mobilize communities to contribute to improving services that affect them.  
      PubDate: 2017-06-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Pharmaceutical stockouts: problems and remedies for faith-based health
           facilities in Africa

    • Authors: Amy M Metzger, Mona Bormet
      Pages: 19 - 29
      Abstract: Background and aims: Faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide a substantial portion of the health care services in many countries but despite this coverage, many health facilities have struggled to maintain adequate stocks of supplies. The purpose of this study was to identify the types of supply chain systems used by African faith-based health facilities to acquire reproductive health commodities, the performance of the different supply chain system types, their associated challenges and possible corrective actions.Methodology: Through email surveys, phone interviews, and on-site visits, supply chains and challenges of faith-based health facilities in 13 African countries for 16 selected reproductive health (RH) commodities, including contraceptives were studied. Results: Of the 46 facilities surveyed, 55% faced stockouts of one or more products in the three months prior to the survey. Stockouts were less common for contraceptives than other RH products. Significant strengths of the FBO supply chain included creativity in finding other sources of commodities in the face of stockouts, staff designated to monitor quality of the commodities, high capacity for storage, low incidence of expired products, few instances of poor quality, and strong financial sustainability mechanisms, often including patient fees. Weaknesses included unreliable commodity sources and power supplies, long distances to depots, and problems maintaining the cold chain. Five supply chain types were identified. As a result of this study, FBOs in Cameroon have already taken steps to strengthen their supply chain systems and reduce stockouts by forming the Alliance of Christian Faith-Based Organizations for Family Planning (ACFBOFP) in Cameroon. This coalition is raising the profile and fortifying the voice of FBOs toward strengthening FBO commodity security in Cameroon. Conclusions: By studying the supply chains of faith-based health facilities, Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and its members have created new awareness among FBOs and international agencies of the importance and challenges of these systems and suggested actions toward improvement. This study can serve as a frame of reference as we move forward, anticipating an acceleration in interest to strengthen FBO supply chains to reach as many communities as possible with supplies and services. The alliance formed in Cameroon to strengthen commodity security may be a good model for other FBOs to consider. 
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • The Increasing access to family planning services through a non-health
           sector: Technical Integration Coverage and Access (TICA) in Nepal

    • Authors: Ghanshyam K Bhatta, Josue Orellana, Bidya Mahat, Ishwar Nath Mishra, Chandeshwari Tamrakar, Sujit Kumar Sah
      Pages: 30 - 42
      Abstract: Background: Family Planning (FP) is a key developmental focus for the government of Nepal. Use of modern contraceptives has stagnated at 43.2% since 2011. Unmet need for family planning (FP) in Nepal remains high at 27%. A factor contributing to this levelling of contraceptive use despite relatively high unmet need is the limited range of methods available to most clients at most sites. To address the FP need among married women of reproductive age (WRA), we tested integration of FP into agricultural programs.   Aim: To assess the effectiveness of a FP program integrated into an agriculture (e.g. non-health) sector program. Methods: A cross-sectional interventional study conducted November 2015 to February 2016 among 525 WRA who were participants in an agriculture program. Results: The contraceptives commonly used by women in the study location were Depo Provera and Minilap.  After Technical Integration Coverage and Access (TICA) interventions, almost all of the respondents (99.6%) had heard about FP of which 67.8% correctly understood FP as a method to prevent unwanted pregnancy. About 50% of the respondents were found currently using FP.  The percentage of WRA aware of long-acting and permanent FP methods increased from 49.0% to 62.0% and 39.0% to 52.0% respectively. Decisions on using a FP method were predominantly made by the husband (68.0%). However, 68.4% women reported that they were motivated by their husband. The proportion of men willing to use FP increased from 5.2% to 15.5% after TICA activities implementation. The main reason identified for not currently using FP devices was that the husband and wife were not living together (88.8%). Most of the women (98.0%) reported that FP utilization improved their quality of life. Conclusion: TICA activities were very successful in both increasing FP knowledge level as well as utilization of FP services among the targeted beneficiaries. The use of FP increased among agriculture program beneficiaries after the integration of TICA activities with a gradual shift from short-acting FP methods to long-acting and permanent FP methods. For easy integration, FP projects should also utilize existing community structures such as cooperatives, women’s groups, men’s groups, and youth clubs.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Impacts of community lay-leader health worker training & practice
           (Uttarakhand, India)

    • Authors: Nicole Butcher, Nathan Grills
      Pages: 43 - 52
      Abstract: This study has investigated the impacts of the Community Lay-Leaders Health Training Certificate course on trainees and their communities, specific to the state of Uttarakhand, north India. A suite of semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted among course stakeholders and graduates respectively, and textual data was added to the data set. Thematic analysis of the results revealed four themes, including: (1) the effectiveness of course design and delivery, together with the key role of the Coordinating Facilitator; (2) the match between graduates’ practices, the providing institution’s objectives and general expectations of community health worker; (3) the strengthening of the health system through skills multiplication, collaboration with existing authorities, and advocacy for higher quality in professional practice; and (4) the need for ongoing support and training post-graduation. The findings are consistent with literature concerning community health workers’ roles and challenges, although some potentially unique outcomes were noted with respect to the pastoral support provided to trainees and the pro-active transfer of graduates’ knowledge and skills to fellow villagers.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Closing the gap: the potential of Christian Health Associations in
           expanding access to family planning

    • Authors: Lauren VanEnk, Ronald Kasyaba, Prince Bosco Kanani, Tonny Tumwesigye, Jeannette Cachan
      Pages: 53 - 65
      Abstract: Recognizing the health impact of timing and spacing of pregnancies, the Sustainable Development Goals call for increased access to family planning globally. While faith-based organizations in Africa provide a significant proportion of health services, family planning service delivery has been limited. This evaluation sought to assess the effectiveness of implementing a systems approach in strengthening the capacity of Christian Health Associations to provide family planning and increase uptake in their communities. From January 2014 to September 2015, the capacity of three Christian Health Associations in East Africa—Caritas Rwanda, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, and Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau—was strengthened in key components of a systems approach to family planning—training, supervision, commodity availability, family planning promotion, data collection, and creating a supportive environment—with the aim of improving access to women with unmet need and harmonizing faith-based service delivery contributions with the national family planning program. Community-based provision of family planning, including fertility awareness methods, was introduced across intervention sites for the first time.  547 facility- and community-based providers were trained in family planning, and 393,964 people were reached with family planning information. 32,176 clients took up a method, and 43% of clients received this service at the community level.  According to a provider competency checklist, facility- and community-based providers were able to adequately counsel clients on new fertility awareness methods. Integration of Christian Health Associations into the national family planning strategy improved through participation in routine technical working group meetings, and the Ministries of Health in Rwanda and Uganda recognized them as credible family planning partners. Findings suggest that by strengthening capacity using a systems approach, Christian Health Associations can meaningfully contribute to national and international family planning goals. Increased attention to mainstreaming family planning service delivery across Christian Health Associations is recommended.
      PubDate: 2017-06-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • The attitudes and activities of pastors and faith leaders in Zimbabwe on
           the use of family planning methods among their members

    • Authors: Moses Alikali
      Pages: 66 - 74
      Abstract: Background Faith leaders are important gatekeepers in disseminating reproductive health messages and influencing positive behavior change within communities. Faith leaders are seen as the most powerful, visible, and reachable form of authority, even trusted more than governments or non-profit organizations. In addition to providing counsel and advice aimed at enhancing health and wellbeing of the worshippers, faith leaders also play an important role in advocating and influencing what is taught in schools and what services are provided in healthcare facilities. Because of this influence, faith leaders often have an unparalleled opportunity—indeed, a moral obligation—to prioritize conversations about family planning, advocating, and closing the contraception gap. The overall objective of this study was to ascertain the attitude and activities of pastors and faith leaders in Zimbabwe on the use of family planning methods among their members. The result revealed that some faith leaders believed that spreading information about family planning education was the responsibility of the government and tended to avoid such responsibility. However, through training on family planning advocacy, much can be achieved. Methods Qualitative study methods were used to better understand the attitude and activities of pastors and faith leaders in Zimbabwe on the use of family planning methods among their members. The participants of this survey were drawn from 8 of 10 provinces in Zimbabwe, which include: Bulawayo, Harare, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, and Matabeleland North. Paper-based questionnaires were answered by 24 pastors and 26 faith leaders in Zimbabwe (Table 1) through personal face-to-face meetings, while interviews were conducted with a select few pastors and faith leaders. The samples were drawn from randomly selected churches in Zimbabwe. Data was analyzed using Epi info 7 and Microsoft Excel. Results Generally, the pastors and faith leaders understood the benefits of longer birth intervals for the health of their members and their children, and the need for them to be involved in family planning awareness. However, both seemed slow to incorporate family planning into their programs. The faith leaders indicated an interest in being a part of various forms of campaigns to promote family planning if they could be equipped with correct information on family planning. Many strongly believed family planning to be of great importance to them and their families in situations where their financial incomes were low, and that family planning could reduce the rate of abortion. A majority agreed family planning was in agreement with their religious beliefs. Some felt their members had basic information on family planning methods, but only 44 percent of the faith leaders actually counseled their members on family planning methods from time to time. Although many would like to be part of those who create awareness in their various places of worship, only 28 percent of them had the right information on family planning through training. Conclusion One major factor for the limited involvement of faith leaders in family planning awareness is their lack of correct information on family planning. The gap can be narrowed by organizing family planning advocacy training workshops. Networks such as Africa Christian Health Association Platform (ACHAP), the Islamic Medical Association of Zimbabwe (IMAZ), Zimbabwe Association of Church-Related Hospitals (ZACH), and Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) can also be leveraged to disseminate and accelerate the spread of family planning information.
      PubDate: 2017-07-11
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Why World Vision supports healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies to
           improve maternal and child health: a faith-based perspective

    • Authors: Adrienne Allison, Eloho E. Basikoro
      Pages: 75 - 79
      Abstract: World Vision, A Christian humanitarian organization, began to support Birth Spacing in 2007.  After new data were published in 2008 that measured the impact of the length of the preceding birth-to-pregnancy (birth to conception) interval on maternal, infant and child mortality and child stunting, World Vision adopted the term “Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy” as their approach to family planning.  This term refocused family planning to emphasized the health benefits for mothers, children, families and communities, of using contraception to time and space births.  The data are explained and the consequences of shorter and longer birth intervals are outlined.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Family planning practice among Christian health service providers in
           Ghana: a case study

    • Authors: James Duah, Peter Yeboah
      Pages: 80 - 86
      Abstract: Introduction: The interphase of faith and practicing health professionally often presents a challenge. To navigate between the two requires tact, experience and professionalism. Such is the case of the Christian Health Association of Ghana. Objective: This case report presents overview of how the Christian Health Association has provided family planning services for marginalized communities in Ghana by Church denominations some of whose faith abhor them from practicing certain forms of family planning. Background: CHAG is a Network of 300 Health Facilities and Health Training Institutions owned by 25 different Christian Church Denominations. CHAG provides health care to the vulnerable, deprived, and marginalized population groups in all 10 Regions of Ghana. As implementing partner of the Ministry of Health, CHAG is mandated to implement key policies to achieve national health outcomes including family planning. Some members do not accept artificial family planning on the account of religious faith. This often presents a challenge in addressing the need to provide family planning service as required. This challenge is further complicated by the fact that the CHAG secretariat is steward that should protect the interest of member institutions as well as that of the ministry. Strategy: CHAG tailors the provision of family planning interventions to the confines of denominational, socio-cultural, religious acceptability and client needs. Results: Over a period of three years, proportion of family planning acceptors who are adolescents (10-19 years) increased from 13.7% to 17.0%, total family planning acceptors increased from 67,312 to 73,648 and total couple years of protection from 71,296 to 92,852. Male sterilization increased contrary to cultural beliefs. Importantly, CHAG as an implementing partner is able to satisfy its obligation of providing service to achieve national health outcomes. Conclusion: Protecting the interest of Christian health institutions and that of government may conflict at some point. Being tactful and allowing work within the confines of faith and obligations always helps in achieving desired results.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • A historic humanitarian collaboration in the Pacific context

    • Authors: Robert Bradley Mitchell, Nathan John Grills
      Pages: 87 - 94
      Abstract: This article reports on an historic collaboration between Australian church-based development agencies and their partners in the Pacific – the largest in scale to date. It is now incontrovertible that climate change is damaging health and wellbeing in Pacific communities – especially in terms of climate-related disasters. Churches in the Pacific have a unique role and responsibility within the civil society in the region. This article traces some of the historical factors that have contributed to their social resonance. The article looks at how a network approach can be well suited to tackling difficult social challenges, and makes the case for the involvement of the Pacific churches in building community resilience through disaster risk reduction activities. A shared faith identity and trust are identified as two vital factors that help church-based consortia to coalesce. The article concludes that a focus on orthopraxy in its broader sense by Christian faith-based actors is a helpful perspective in achieving collaboration.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Increasing the church’s relevance and impact in poor-resource areas by
           adding sexual reproductive health to missional activities

    • Authors: Margaret Lynne Docking
      Pages: 95 - 99
      Abstract: Life saving midwifery knowledge must reach the key influential stakeholders in developing countries if the maternal death rate is to be reduced. The church holds the influence and has the networks and training institutions that can be fully expanded to add sexual reproductive health into their existing studies.  This field report documents the author's own sad experiences with maternal deaths in Uganda which has led her toward promoting midwifery knowledge among the church leaders. We have neglected to fully respect culture by avoiding men in our discussions around sex pregnancy birth and family planning. The critical mass of men are our channels to save the mothers, reduce teenage pregnancies, abandoned babies and orphaned children. Christian leaders are the cultural gate keepers and builders of the faith.  Our basic training in sexual reproductive health allows men to debate the Bible, their faith, traditional practises and expectations in a safe non-threatening environment. They can then make their own wise decisions about family size. “Without knowledge our people perish.” (Hosea 4:6)  If we don’t urgently add the lifesaving knowledge of family planning and Gods wonderful design of our sexuality for true love union we cannot expect to reduce the maternal deaths and overwhelming poverty. Our command is to teach the whole truth because the truth will set us free. (John 8:32).
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Faith-based development: how Christian organizations can make a
           difference, by Bob Mitchell, Foreword by Bryant L Myers, Orbis Books. 2017
           

    • Authors: Dean H Pallant
      Pages: 100 - 102
      Abstract: Book review of Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations can make a difference, by Bob Mitchell, Foreword by Bryant L Myers, Orbis Books. 2017
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
  • Practice and presence: a gathering for Christians in health care - finding
           God in all things

    • Authors: Daniel W O'Neill
      Pages: 103 - 105
      Abstract: This conference report describes the content of the Practice and Presence confereence at Duke Divinity School in May 2017, and the approach to Ignatian practices of reflection, prayer and discernment applied to the practice of medicine, along with its application in global health contexts.  
      PubDate: 2017-07-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)
       
 
 
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