IRHAP

REPORT: APPRECIATING ASSETS


Title: APPRECIATING ASSETS: THE CONTRIBUTION OF RELIGION TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN AFRICA
Mapping, Understanding, Translating and Engaging Religious Health Assets in Zambia and Lesotho: In support of Universal Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care and Prevention
Authors: ARHAP
Type: research report
Organisation: ARHAP for the World Health Organization
Year: 2006
Description: The World Health Organization (WHO) awarded ARHAP a one year grant to map Religious Health Assets in selected communities in Zambia and Lesotho in support of its Universal Access Initative for HIV/AIDS. The objective was to identify, assess, and map the assets of religious institutions that can accelerate Universal Access to HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and prevention services, while developing an in-depth understanding of how these RHAs function, and how they relate to each other and to public health assets. The methodology included GIS mapping and Participatory Inquiry (for which the ARHAP Toolset PIRHANA was developed). The research team included researchers from the universities of Wits, KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town and Emory Universities, as well as other partners.
Download: Full Report (18MB)
Executive Summary (124KB)
Chapter1 (1MB)
Chapter2 (1.9MB)
Chapter3: Zambia (3.6MB)
Chapter4: Lesotho (3.2MB)
Chapter5 (400KB)
Appendices A-L (1.8MB)
Appendices M (3.8MB)
Poster (186)
Reference:

ARHAP. 2006. Appreciating assets: The contribution of religion to universal access in Africa. Cape Town: Report for the World Health Organization, African Religious Health Assets Programme.


Related Links: World Health Organization:   www.who.org

 

"Our findings make clear that 'religion' is perceived by ordinary people to be extremely significant in the struggle for health and wellbeing in African communities. At the same time this 'religion' only exists as specific religious commitments and practices in specific contexts. To take forward respectful dialogue means to engender respectful engagement." - ARHAP 2006