The African Regional Forum of Faith Based Organisations in Reproductive Health and HIV / AIDS
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The African Regional Forum of Faith Based Organisations in Reproductive Health and HIV / AIDS

The African Regional Forum of Faith Based Organisations in Reproductive Health and HIV / AIDS was launched at the XII International Conference on AIDS and STD in Africa ICASA '99) held in Lusaka in September 1999. It is an alliance of FBOs actively engaged in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

RELIGIOUS HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS BREAK THE SILENCE ON HIV & AIDS. In March 2000 the Forum reconvened in Kampala to develop its vision and mission statements , as well as identify priority issues for action. Since then , the Forum has gained considerable momentum and this was particularly evident during the X111 World AIDS Conference held in Durban in July 2000 where the Forum held an international symposium - Religious Health Organisations Break the Silence on HIV AIDS. The event attracted over 200 participants and featured a video message recorded specifically for the occasion by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A video of the above message was distributed to the Forum's partners and was used very effectively in programmes to promote the Forum.

In 2001 funding was secured for a three year programme of activities and the three year work-plan was agreed at the X11th ICASA in Burkino Faso in December 2001.

The forum started with  9 Faith based organizations in 1999 and by 2002 had grown to 15

The aims of the Forum are

  • to promote dialogue and debate on sensitive SRH issues
  • to support FBOs to advocate for SRH policy development
  • to foster partnerships at national, regional and international levels
  • to advocate for access to quality and comprehensive SRH services.

The objectives of the Forum are:

  • To strengthen capacity of FBOs to lead the debate on SRH
  • To facilitate the development of tools for programme and policy analysis
  • To build alliances, share experiences and ideas
  • To create opportunities to influence policy

The key activites are:

  • Institutionalisation of the Forum
  • Action Research
  • Technical and Programmatic Exchanges
  • Leadership Development
  • Resource development, Communications & Advocacy.

Institutionalisation - to foster ownership & promote sustainability

  • Increased from 9 to 15 FBOs in three years
  • Three year work-plan being implemented
  • Regional focal points in East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa
  • Organisational Focal points.

ACTION RESEARCH - to identify SRH priorities and actions needed

  • How have FBOs responded to international SRH protocols?
  • What have FBOs done & achieved in relation to the needs and priorities of the communities that they serve?
  • What further actions do FBOs need to take?

- to build technical competence

  • 8 national workshops South Africa and  Nigeria in 2002, Zambia , Kenya and Uganda in 2003 and Ethiopia, Tanzania and Namibia in 2004.
  • 3Regional Workshops - Eats Africa in May 2002, Southern Africa May 2003, West Africa May 2003.
  • Participation at international meetings - ICASA, World AIDS conference.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - to maximise the potential of FBO leaders

  • working group set up
  • Exchange visits
  • Leadership training
  • Participation in key international events

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY -to raise awareness and advocate for change

  • Twice yearly newsletter - Forum Review
  • Production of training manual to accompany Forum videos
  • Website development
  • Print fund for Forum Partners

The Forum is funded by the following donors:

  • David & Lucille Packard Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The UK Department for International Development
  • The John D. and Catherine  T MacArthur Foundation
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation


  • Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT)
  • Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK)
  • Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN)
  • Christian Relief and Development Association of Ethiopia (CRDA)
  • Churches Health Association  of Zambia (CHAZ)
  • Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA)
  • Federation of Muslim Women's Association of Nigeria (FOMAN)
  • Islamic Medical Association of South Africa (IMA)
  • Namibian Catholic Bishops Conference (NCBC)/ Catholic Health Services (CHS)
  • Positive Muslims of South Africa
  • The Baha'i  Community of South Africa
  • Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC/CARITAS)
  • Ugandan Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB)
  • Ugandan Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB)
  • World Conference on Religion and Peace - South Africa (WCRP)

The Forum of South Africa  held three conferences in 2003 - one in Johannesburg  on the 11th March 2003, one in Cape Town on the 26th March 2003 and a regional workshop for Southern Africa from the 5th - 7th May 2003 in Durban.

An Action Research training program took place from the 3-7th March in Durban with participants from four countries - Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.





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