IHP Reports

Building on Firm Foundations:  The 2015 Consultation on Strengthening Partnerships Between Faith-based Organizations and PEPFAR to Build Capacity for Sustained Responses to HIV/AIDS:

In May 2012, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with St. Paul’s University (SPU) and Emory University’s Interfaith Health Program (IHP), hosted a consultation on the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in sustaining country and community leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS. Participants included faith leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. In April 2015, PEPFAR, SPU, and IHP once again convened FBO leaders in a consultation to review the recommendations made in the first meeting, further examine critical issues in addressing HIV/AIDS, share valuable insights from experiences in responding to HIV/AIDS, and to chart a path for future efforts.  This report includes descriptions of key issues raised in the Consultation; the scope of contributions of faith-based partners to HIV service delivery; the important role of FBOs in achieving the ambitious program goals developed by PEPFAR, UNAIDS, and other global partners; and the finalized set of key recommendations developed at the 2015 Consultation. VIEW UNAIDS ANNOUNCEMENT»

Assets and Partnerships in Mukuru:  A Report on Mukuru on the Move’s Work 2008-2012

The purpose of this report is to document and discuss the asset-based work of Mukuru on the Move (MOTM), a program developed in collaboration between the Interfaith Health Program (IHP) at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. This report analyzes work carried out by MOTM from 2008-2012, synthesizes and summarizes earlier reports, and describes findings from research carried out in Mukuru in 2012.  The narrative that follows shows the evolution of the project and the diverse work of the MOTM team.

Faith, Health, and Development:  Collaborating for Sustainable HIV Community Care

The Faith, Health Collaboration and Leadership Development Program (FHCLDP) is a multi-sector team-based model that builds partnerships among FBOs, HIV treatment programs, and civil society organizations to support sustainable, community-based HIV prevention and treatment services and to help people living with HIV remain in clinical treatment programs by offering coordinated community support services. The program was piloted in Nakuru County in 2014 with funding from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in a collaboration between St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya) and IHP.

Religion has been used to justify HIV stigma and discrimination but it can also be an important source to challenge such stigma and discrimination.  The FHCLDP equips local leaders from faith-based, psychosocial, and clinical programs with knowledge and tangible, measurable activities to fight stigma and increase support services for those living with HIV.  With the success of the FHCLDP, IHP is already working to collaborate with other colleagues in Kenya to expand the program to two other Kenyan counties next year and lay the groundwork to replicate the program in other countries as well.

Essential Partners:  The Scope of the Contributions of Faith-based Health Systems to HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Support in Kenya

This report provides a thorough overview of the contributions of faith-based health systems and health facilities to the provision of HIV services in Kenya. The substantial contributions of faith-based health systems to healthcare services have been well-established; however the scope of those contributions is not known. This report describes findings from the study of the faith-based health sector in Kenya, details the quantitative contributions of that sector to HIV service delivery, and describes the unique role of trust in faith-based health systems.

Valuing Every Human Life:  How Faith-based Organizations Can Support Key Populations with HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Support Services

Around the world, HIV prevalence rates for commercial sex workers (CSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), and men who have sex with men (MSM) outpace prevalence rates for the population as a whole. Religion has a complex effect for people in key populations in relation to HIV risk or HIV services. In order to address the complex influences of religion and support effective faith-based responses, this report contains eight key elements to guide collaboration between faith-based organizations and HIV programs.  

Public Health and Faith Community Partnerships:  Model Practices to Increase Influenza Prevention Among Hard-to-Reach Populations

IHP, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), has published this resource guide and toolkit.  The Model Practices Framework provides strategies to identify and engage faith-based organizations as partners in community health promotion and disease prevention outreach. Designed for both public health and religious leaders, the aims of the guide are to contribute to partnership-building capacity and to enhance the ability of public health to reduce the spread of influenza.

A Firm Foundation:  The PEPFAR Consultation on the Role of Faith-based Organizations in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in the Response to HIV/AIDS

On May 28-30, 2012, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) organized a regional consultative forum in Limuru, Kenya, PEPFAR and Faith-Based Organizations: Partners in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in Global HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, IHP convened representatives from Christian and Muslim faith-based organizations working in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.