Faith & Family Planning

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爱博体育分析Faith plays an important role in the lives of people across nations, cultures and communities. Faith leaders often influence health-seeking behavior and faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide a notable amount of healthcare information, services and supplies.

爱博体育分析Faith and family planning interact in complex ways at personal, community, civil society and governmental levels. Acknowledging these intersections and relationships can help eliminate barriers restricting the advancement of family planning.

爱博体育分析Many FBOs provide family planning information, services and supplies, giving people the knowledge and capability to choose when and how many children they would like to have. FBOs have been known to encourage conversations and generate educational materials that provide a religious and cultural context and awareness that makes family planning options more approachable.

FP2020 is collaborating with the faith community to identify and share best practices to help drive progress post-2020. FP2020 supports the engagement of FBOs to help women achieve their fertility intentions and to improve healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, including the voluntary use of modern contraceptive methods.

In order to collaborate with FBOs effectively and efficiently FP2020 is promoting four major areas of strategic emphasis:

  • Increase country-level focus on integration of religious leaders into the FP2020 work.
  • Make sure that FBOs are sitting meaningfully at the table on all committees and working groups, in political and policy discussions, in developing training modules.
  • Facilitate a “safe space” FP2020 platform for FBOs and secular family planning actors for continuous dialogue and discussion.
  • Establish or advocate for funding that encourages faith and secular actors to apply jointly for project support.

Please refer to our Faith and Family Planning Brief (here) for more information on our plans and research.

Meetings & Webinars

Faith and Family Planning Partners Meeting: Working Together to Drive Progress P...
Faith and Family Planning: Working Together to Drive Progress Post-2020

Videos & Country Spotlights




Reports & Briefs

Faith and Family Planning: Working Together to Drive Progress Post-2020
Interfaith Brief on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Interfaith Brief on Gender-Based Violence
Interfaith Brief on Teenage Pregnancy
Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well Being of Young People
Engaging Religion and Faith-Based Actors on Agenda 2030/The SDGS
Faith Matters: A Christian Approach to Engaging Youth in Family Planning
Developing new approaches to respond to the needs of the faith communities
Building consensus for FP among Senegal FP communities


Family Planning Advocacy Through Religious Leaders: A Guide for Faith Communitie...
CARE Action Network Faith Outreach Toolkit
Family Planning Integration and Faith Leader Involvement

Research & Data

Love, Children and Family Planning
Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights through faith-based approach...
Mapping Faith-Based Responses to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in In...
Mapping Faith-Based Responses to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in In...
Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya’s Kilifi County
The Influences of Religion on Family Planning
Understanding Religious Influences on Family Planning
How do Religious Beliefs and Attitudes Influence Family Planning in Senegal

Resources in French

La foi et a planification familiale
Amour, Enfants et Planification Familiale
Déclaration des Chefs Religieux à la Pré-Conférence sur la Foi et la Planificati...
Promotion de la planification familiale par l'intermédiaire de chefs religi...

Other Resources

Islam and Women's Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Religion and Faith-Based Actors at the Un...
Providing Family Planning & Reproductive Health Services through Christian H...
Rights in Sexual and Reproductive Health from an Anglican Perspective
Islam & Family Planning
Scriptural Support for Planning Safe and Healthy Pregnancies
Beyond Budgetary Allocation: Uganda's Faith and Religious Leaders Shift Fam...
Examining the role of Faith and Religious Leader in Uganda
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