The Role of Faith-Based Communities in Social and Behavior Change Communication Programs for Child Survival

A local village man and a community-based distribution agent engage in a spirited conversation about family planning during a village gathering near the town of Awassa in central Ethiopia. The man in the middle has four children and wants four more, and is against family planning. Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA), a US-based NGO, is implementing a community-focused project designed to increase knowledge about, and use of, family planning. © 2005 Virginia Lamprecht, Courtesy of Photoshare

© 2005 Virginia Lamprecht, Courtesy of Photoshare

This webinar, presented on January 15, 2015, provided insight into how to incorporate faith leaders, religious texts and other faith-based activities into social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programming to encourage healthier behaviors and systemic changes that lead to improved child survival outcomes.

A new Social and Behavior Communication Change (SBCC) Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to Support Faith-Based Organization Breastfeeding Interventions was noted. Speakers provided theoretical as well as practical advice on implementing faith-based initiatives, while showcasing best practices and lessons learned.


  • Kathryn Bertram, Program Officer II, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative/ Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs



A recording of the webinar can be found here.

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