Family Planning Advocacy Through Religious Leaders

The need for a holistic health approach to family planning advocacy — including the spiritual, social, and physical health of mothers and children — is crucial to promoting healthy families. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are in a unique position to promote family planning (FP) — also called healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies (HTSP) — for the purpose of creating and maintaining healthy families. Recognizing the role FBOs play, the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) held the firstever inter-faith ICFP Faith and Family Planning pre-conference. Additionally, the global partnership FP2020 includes FBOs as recipients of their Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), a fund that quickly responds to locallevel family planning needs. On the country level, FBOs are integral partners of national FP Technical Working Groups. On the local level, family planning education and services are provided through faith-based health centers and hospitals.