Faith Matters: International Family Planning from a Christian Perspective Print {sharethis label=}
On December 3-4, 2014,CCIH held a meeting in conjunction with USAID's Advancing Partners and Communities and the United Nations Foundation Universal Access Project to advance a constructive dialogue on family planning from a Christian Perspective. The meeting was hosted by the Salvation Army World Service Office in Alexandria, Va., USA and was attended by 48 representatives from 26 international health organizations, various Christian denominations, and USAID.
Overall, participants agreed that family planning programs should focus on locally-sustainable efforts; prioritizing cultural competency; and emphasizing the voluntary, informed choice of reproductive health services. In addition, programs should incorporate messages on the following: biblical teachings; culture-specific gender roles; local leadership involvement; economic-driven reasoning; male involvement in education and programming; the dangers of early child marriage; the importance of waiting until age 18 to conceive children; and the benefits of promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.
As a result of the consultation, the resource Faith Matters: International Family Planning from a Christian Perspective was developed to help faith communities discuss family planning among their congregations. It includes biblical analysis, discussion of why family planning saves lives and improves maternal and child health, and lists of helpful resources.
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