Many of the difficulties facing public health experts in fighting these outbreaks can be addressed by deploying inter-religious approaches in local communities. Inter-religious strategies used in the fight against Ebola, polio and malaria include:
- Identifying local traditional and religious leaders, as well as trusted community members, who understand the public health issue
- Build upon established local trust networks
- Translate necessary public health practices into locally accepted solutions
- Distribute accurate prevention and treatment information, and discourage activities that accelerate the spread of the outbreak
GHR has seen the powerful outcomes of using inter-religious approaches to strengthen public health. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how to engage faith leaders to improve development outcomes.