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Current and Ongoing Projects

NON-STATE PROVIDERS IN GHANA FOR UHC
A three-year historical case study (2015-2018) conducted jointly with colleagues in Ghana funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) at the World Health Organisation (WHO) – and in partnership with the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG). The study examines the historical relationship between faith-based providers and the Ghanaian public health system towards universal health coverage.
Study Brief
STRENGTHENING CHRISTIAN HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS
We are working with the African Christian Health Associations Platform on a series of studies focused on strengthening CHA capacity. These studies are small (funded in-kind by researchers and ACHAP), and the areas of investigation are self-identified by ACHAP. So far these include: a focus on health systems resilience (2016), and non-state provider governance (2016-2017).
Study Brief
FBO PARTNERSHIPS IN AFRICA
An Academic Consortium (including the Interfaith Health Program at Emory and UCT), have been engaged by UNAIDS and PEPFAR to build and strengthen collaborations with FBOs and faith-based health systems towards ensuring that the resources of FBOs/FBHSs are aligned, mobilized, and sustained in the identified priorities of UNAIDS Fast Track and PEPFAR 3.0. Research focusing on Kenya and Zambia will be running in 2016-2017.
 

COMMUNITY AND RELIGIOUS ASSET MAPPING
IRHAP has conducted and supported religious health asset mapping in many different countries.
This includes:

  • USA: Memphis, Atlanta, Chicago, North Carolina
  • SSA: Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Uganda, the DRC, Lesotho, Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, and South Africa (Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Eastern Cape, Johannesburg)
  • Europe: UK and Norway

This is an ongoing project – as research and engagement tools continue to be refined for different purposes. Current RHA mapping activities are in: the UK (Leeds 2017), North Carolina (2015-2017), and South Africa (2015-2017).

See Research Tools
LITERATURE REVIEW AND DATABASE
IRHAP has been systematically collecting literature on religion and public health since it started. The IRHAP database now has over 5000 items and has materials from the 1970s to 2016, in English and French. Unfortunately because of copyright issues, this is not a public database at this time. However, we regularly produce subject reviews and bibliographies. We also contribute to the CHART database on religion and HIV/AIDS – see Resources Profiled Publications
See Summary Resources
COLLABORATIVE BOOK AND JOURNAL PROJECTS
We regularly work on collaborative book and special journal collections – which we find an effective way of bringing interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners together for the purposes of joint-learning.
See Profiled Publications