health and well-being
The UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Good
health and well-being” mainly focuses on:
- improving reproductive, maternal and
- preventing infectious and non-communicable
- increasing the access to health services.
Religion and faith actors have traditionally been engaged in health services
and they can thus in many ways contribute to achieving the SDG #3.
Click on the video to hear Rev. Bob Kikuyu tell how a pastor played an important role in a situation where a man did not want his expectant wife to go to the hospital to deliver their baby.
Religiously affiliated hospitals and disease prevention
Throughout history, faith-based organisations and churches have done extensive work in health education, advocacy, prevention and treatment of diseases.
Religion and faith can also bring hope to people and help to promote recovery from illnesses.
Faith actors and SRHR
In recent decades there has been an increased focus on promoting sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) through health services and advocacy. SRHR is about targeting the needs of communities and promoting access and equality for women and sexual minorities.
In this regard, religious actors are key change agents in the efforts to change attitudes around stigmatisation and behaviour. For instance, where patriarchal cultures are legitimised by certain interpretations of holy scriptures, religious leaders are in the position to offer more inclusive interpretations of holy texts and promote equal rights for everybody.