Faith organisations have a responsibility to be the voice of the voiceless and hold governments accountable. Faith organisations want to join their voices to advocate for family health and wellbeing, as well as deliver coordinated and unified messages. They recognise that advocacy and policy influencing play a significant role in effective delivery of SRHR, and that religious leaders are key to the success of this process (Faith to Action Network, 2014).
In the Inferfaith Declaration to improve family health and wellbeing, over 200 faith organisations emphasised ‘the importance of access to information about and services to enable families to plan the timing and spacing of their pregnancies consistent with their faith for family wellbeing.
The Network’s advocacy and communication focuses on the following areas:
- Increasing participation of faith organisations in policy making and programming on family health and wellbeing including resource allocation, greater quality, quantity and diversification of service provision within faith organisations health facilities.
- Becoming a centre of excellence on faith approaches to family health and wellbeing by providing a platform for learning and sharing of knowledge and targeted advocacy to influence the policy and budget environment.
- Promoting understanding and acceptance by faith organisations and religious leaders.