Bishop Sunday Onuoha on Faith Communities’ Role in Improving Health

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Bishop Sunday recently posted a commentary on the website of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. You can read the full commentary by clicking on the link at the end or the thumbnail image of the webpage.

“Faith communities have tremendous potential to improve health throughout the world. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will require us to take better advantage of the ground game that faith communities make possible.

Our partners in the international development community often mention the positive role that religious leaders and networks can play in support of health outcomes. Yet efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals have failed to systematically engage religious networks to full advantage. The faith community offers an asset that is inestimable in its potential for driving change: we have a deeply rooted and highly trusted ground game that reaches every village, no matter how small or remote. Faith communities hold a number of key tools to help accelerate the pace of maternal and child survival.  We have centuries of practice at “behavior change” and from our leadership to our rural pastors and imams we’re ready to make a difference for the health of our people!”

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