Engaging religious leaders in sexual and reproductive health (4)

21 November, 2019

Dear HIFA Colleagues,

Local experiences of Faith based Healthcare may vary so it is helpful to have high quality reviews. The Lancet published a series of papers on this topic in 2015 - https://www.thelancet.com/series/faith-based-health-care . Interestingly, despite some expected variations, the overall conclusion from the series was that Faith Based Organisations, with full support of many religious leaders, make a massive contribution to healthcare globally and are often the only care when governments struggle to provide.

I hope this helps.

All best regards,


Professor Andrew Tomkins,

Institute for Global Health,

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health,

Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH, UK

Tel - +44(0)1935 891083 (land) +44(0)7748286837 (mobile)


HIFA profile: Andrew Tomkins qualified in Medicine in the UK and after postgraduate training in Nutrition, worked with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and the MRC in North Nigeria and the Gambia and then continued work on childhood infection and malnutrition, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He then was head of the Centre for International Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, London and is now Emeritus Professor of International Child Health in the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, University College, London. His research has focused on Improving Management of Infection and Malnutrition, including Infant Feeding and HIV in recent years. He is now HIV/AIDS advisor to Tearfund, working with partners in many less developed countries. a.tomkins AT ich.ucl.ac.uk