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.