Faith Plus Family Planning supports faith-based organizations in low- and middle-income countries to engage in policy and budget advocacy for family planning.
Across low- and middle-income countries, faith-based organizations are key health care providers. The World Health Organization estimates that these groups deliver 40% of primary health care services — including reproductive, maternal and newborn care — in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Religious leaders and institutions have established trust in their communities and bring a new perspective to policy discussions. The Faith Plus Family Planning initiative is a flexible source of funding and technical support for faith-based organizations to engage in family planning and reproductive health advocacy and government accountability efforts that are aligned with country-level commitments and civil society allies.
With support from Faith Plus Family Planning, faith-based organizations and their advocacy partners mobilized $880,000 in family planning budget allocations from state, county and district governments in sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 and 2019.
In our community, it was taboo to talk about family planning. It was thought that this was against our religion. But we found a way to talk to imams and now they preach about it in the mosque.Aïcha Basue, director, Maman Ansar (Warrior Women)