Working with religious leaders to improve maternal, newborn and child health. PRRINN-MNCH

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Factsheets
Publication Date: 2013

This is the sixth in a series of seven factsheets on the theme of community engagement, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular factsheet focuses on working with religious leaders to improve maternal, newborn and child health. The key messages are:

  • Religious leaders can play an important role in disseminating MNCH information across a large population and persuading communities to change established behaviour and attitudes.
  • Religious leaders can also help to promote a shift in thinking away from ‘charity’ towards broader-based support for the least supported who are likely to suffer the heaviest burden of ill-health.
  • A facilitative approach is required where religious leaders are supported to use health-related information to devise their own key messages and preferred means of communicating them.


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Tags: Nigeria, Capacity building, Capacity development, Health policy, Community-led systems, Primary health care, Newborn health, Multi-stakeholder engagement, Maternal health, Community engagement, Community mobilisation, Child health, Institutional strengthening, Health systems, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, Health information, Health systems research, Health services, Standards, Behaviour change, Religious leaders,