BLOUNT CENTER REPORTS

Assets and Partnerships in Mukuru:  A Report on Mukuru on the Move’s Work 2008-2012

The purpose of this report is to document and discuss the asset-based work of Mukuru on the Move (MOTM), a program developed in collaboration between the Interfaith Health Program (IHP) at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. This report analyzes work carried out by MOTM from 2008-2012, synthesizes and summarizes earlier reports, and describes findings from research carried out in Mukuru in 2012.  The narrative that follows shows the evolution of the project and the diverse work of the MOTM team.

Valuing Every Human Life:  How Faith-based Organizations Can Support Key Populations with HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Support Services

Around the world, HIV prevalence rates for commercial sex workers (CSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), and men who have sex with men (MSM) outpace prevalence rates for the population as a whole. Religion has a complex effect for people in key populations in relation to HIV risk or HIV services. In order to address the complex influences of religion and support effective faith-based responses, this report contains eight key elements to guide collaboration between faith-based organizations and HIV programs.

A Firm Foundation:  The PEPFAR Consultation on the Role of Faith-based Organizations in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in the Response to HIV/AIDS

This moment in time presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the ongoing effort to defeat AIDS globally. Drawing on their established networks, capacity to reach rural and hard-to-reach populations, and respected and trusted status in local communities, faith-based organizations (FBOs) are well positioned to leverage the work of local, national, and international donors.

In May 2012, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) convened The PEPFAR Consultation on the Role of Faith-based Organizations in Sustaining Community and Country Leadership in the Response to HIV/AIDS.

This East African regional forum was held to examine the critical capacity of FBOs for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and to generate recommendations for collaborative, sustainable impact.  Based on the dialogue and outputs from the Consultation, this report summarizes the insights and on-the-ground experience of 98 leaders from 58 different FBOs in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, joined by partners from government agencies in these countries and the United States.

Essential Partners:  The Scope of the Contributions of Faith-based Health Systems to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Support in Kenya

This report provides a thorough overview of the contributions of faith-based health systems and health facilities to the provision of HIV services in Kenya. The substantial contributions of faith-based health systems to healthcare services have been well-established; however the scope of those contributions is not known. This report describes findings from the study of the faith-based health sector in Kenya, details the quantitative contributions of that sector to HIV service delivery, and describes the unique role of trust in faith-based health systems.