Series on Faith-based Healthcare Launched in The Lancet

24 Jul 2015 - 08:30


Faith-based organisations are crucial in achieving the promise of universal health coverage—especially for poor and marginalised groups, according to a new three-part Series on faith-based health care, published in The Lancet

Dr Jill Olivier

The first paper in the Lancet Series was led by Dr Jill Olivier from the Health Policy and Systems Division of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, titled: ‘Understanding the roles of faith-based health-care providers in Africa: review of the evidence with a focus on magnitude, reach, cost, and satisfaction’

The series was launched at an event at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington DC on the 7th July 2015, and was tied to a conference co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,  U.S. Agency for International Development, UK Department of For International Development, the GHR Foundation, World Vision and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. In his opening remarks, World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim cited the Catholic social teaching for ‘a preferential option for the poor.’  He said this shared fundamental commitment to the poorest and most vulnerable provided a common platform to end extreme poverty.  

For the full Lancet Series: