Faith-Based Advocacy for Family Planning Works: Evidence From Kenya and Zambia
June 24, 2021
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Worldwide, nearly 85% of people are affiliated with a religious faith, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Virtually all faith traditions support the concept of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, including access to the means for spacing pregnancies.
It is often assumed that religion has a negative influence on family planning (FP), yet virtually all faith traditions support the concept of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy. Interfaith support for FP exists, as shown in the Interfaith Declaration to Improve Family Health and Wellbeing, which was signed by a committee of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist leaders, to promote using their networks to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.