2016 Special Edition: Faith and Sustainable Development
In Fall 2016, the Review of Faith and International Affairs (RFIA) released a special edition focused on religion and sustainable development – guest edited by Jill Olivier.
The collection includes (among others):
2016 Book: Stakeholder Health
Stakeholder Health: Insights from New Systems of Health, was developed in 2016 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a review of best practices in the areas of community health improvement, as well as clinical and community partnerships, spanning eleven chapters. The chapters range from a review of the social determinants or drivers of health to leadership for new partnerships between health systems and communities, relational information technology, community health navigation, financial aspects of partnering with community in a new ‘social return on investment’ model, leadership, implementing resiliency models integrated across hospitals and the broader community.
The collection is edited by Teresa Cutts and James Cochrane – and some chapters can be downloaded free at
2015: Special Edition - The Lancet
In July 2015, The Lancet published a series on faith-based health care. The Executive Summary states that “this Series argues that building on the extensive experience, strengths, and capacities of faith-based organisations (eg, geographical coverage, influence, and infrastructure) offers a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes”.
The series includes (among others):
2015 Book: Keeping Body and Soul Together
Steve de Gruchy’s work in Theology and Development provides a unique contribution to this emerging discipline within Theological Studies. Keeping Body and Soul Together: Reflections by Steve de Gruchy on Theology and Development includes his most strategic work in the field and comprises of academic essays, conference presentations, and workshop presentations to church leadership. The volume is divided into five sections: ‘Pursuing the Dialogue’ introduces some key theological concerns; ‘Engaging Development Visions, Conceptualising Frameworks’ demonstrates an engagement with key development visions and the emergent frameworks; ‘Theologising Economics, Ecology, and Food Sovereignty’ addresses these development issues theologically; ‘Theologising Health’ takes up one of the key themes of his later work; and ‘Steve’s Final Word’ includes two essays dealing with issues of water which were some of his final published work. The collection has been brought together in 2015 by Beverley Haddad after Steve’s death.
||2014 BOOK: Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health
This is a major volume of work published in 2014 which explores the intersection between religious and public health institutions. The first chapter by editor Ellen Idler argues that there has been little awareness of religion as a social determinant of health. Chapters in Part I describe religious practices of ordinary people in the world’s faith traditions that provide daily, weekly, annual, and life course streams of influence on the body, mind, and spirit. Part II describes historical moments when religious institutions became a force in public health, not always for good. Part III argues that the influence of religion on physical and mental health begins before birth and continues throughout the life course. Part IV demonstrates the influence of religion and religious institutions on the health of populations around the globe. Part V looks closely at religion’s role in addressing the ongoing epidemic threats of HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, and Alzheimer’s disease.
||2014 Special Edition: The Heythrop Journal
In November 2014, a special issue of The Heythrop Journal was released, on ‘Faith, Family and Fertility’ – edited by Julie Clague.
- Julie Clague: ‘Catholics, Families and the Synod of Bishops: Views from the Pews’
- René Grotenhuis: ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Practice of the Dutch Catholic Development Agency Cordaid’
- Azza Karam: ‘On Faith, Health and Tensions An Overview from an inter-governmental perspective’
- Tina Beattie: ‘Whose Rights, Which Rights? – The United Nations, the Vatican, Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Rights’
- Gillian Paterson: ‘On the Other Hand …’ The Catholic Church and Some Discourses on Population(pages 1102–1112)
||2012 BOOK: Religion and the Health of the Public
Gary Gunderson and Jim Cochrane published this book in 2012 through Palgrave Macmillan. The book proposes a critical theory of the role and place of religion in public health and argues for a programmatic reorientation of these two fields of practice and inquiry to more effectively align religious health assets - widely present in many contexts - and public health services and facilities.
Download the frontmatter: (book_gunderson_2012_cover)
||2012 Book: The role of faith-inspired health care providers in SSA
In 2012, the World Bank published a three-volume collection of research articles on faith-based health care, edited by Jill Olivier and Quentin Wodon.
The volumes can be downloaded at:
- The Role of Faith-Inspired Health Care Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Public-Private Partnerships: Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa Vol 1 http://hdl.handle.net/10986/13572
- The Comparative Nature of Faith-Inspired Health Care Provision in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa Vol 2
- Mapping, Cost, and Reach to the Poor of Faith-Inspired Health Care Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Public-Private Partnerships: Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa Vol 3
2012 BOOK: The Barefoot Guide to Mobilizing RHAs
A community oriented ‘training the trainers,’ or ‘community training,’ illustrated guide written by James R Cochrane and Gary Gunderson, and illustrated by Teboho Cochrane, in conjunction with the Community Development Resource Association and the Barefoot Collective. The BFG3 is available free for download and use at www.barefootguide.org
- Contents and front matter – download (Book_BFG3_front)
- Thinking differently about the health of the public
- We want our history back! Linking religion and public health
- What we have to work with: Mobilizing religious health assets
- ‘Leading causes of life’: Shifting the paradigm
- Finding health: Understanding healthworlds
- Strengths of people who come together
- Boundary leadership
- Thinking about systems
- Deep accountability
||2011 Book: Religion and HIV and AIDS
In 2011, Religion and HIV and AIDS: charting the terrain was published out of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, and edited Beverley Haddad. This book explores the interface between HIV, AIDS, and religion and brings scholars and local activists together (each chapter is accompanied by a practitioner response).
2011 Book: When Religion and Health Align
The essays in this volume on the interface of religion and public health were originally presented at an international colloquium, organized and hosted by ARHAP in Cape Town in 2009 - edited by Jim Cochrane, Barbara Schmid and Teresa Cutts.
You can download the open access chapters here, by clicking on the chapter link. Alternatively, hardcopies can be bought here from Cluster Publications.
- Contents and Editor’s Preface – download Preface
- Christoph Benn: ‘The Continued Paradigm Shift in Global Health and the Role of the Faith Community’ – download Ch1
- Gillian Paterson: ‘Discovering Fire: Changes in International Thinking on Health Care’ – download Ch2
- Jill Olivier: ‘An FB-Oh?: Mapping the Etymology of the Religious Entity Engaged in Health’ – download Ch3
- Steve de Gruchy et al: Participatory Inquiry on the Interface between Religion and Health, What Does it Achieve and What Does it Not?’ – download Ch4
- Mimi Kiser: ‘Boundary Leaders: Seeing and Leading in the Midst of the Whole’ – download Ch5
- Gary Gunderson: ‘Liquid Boundaries: Implications for Leaders Mobilising Religious Health Assets for Transformation’
– download Ch6
- Geoff Foster et al: ‘A Purpose-driven Response: Building United Action against HIV and AIDS for the Church in Mozambique’
– download Ch7
- Muhammad Khalid Sayed: ‘Challenges and Possibilities of Religious Health Assets: Charting an Islamic Response to the HIV and AIDS Pandemic’ – download Ch8
- John Blevins: ‘Tough Negotiations: Religion and Sex in Culture and in Human Lives’ – download Ch9
- Sepetla Molapo: ‘On the Pedagogy of HIV and AIDS: Conversations with Indigenes’ – download Ch10
- James R. Cochrane: ‘Trustworthy Intermediaries: Role of Religious Agents on the Boundaries of Public Health’
– download Ch11
- Lucy Gilson: ‘The Relevance of Healthworld to the Health System: Thinking about Access’ – download Ch12
- Frank Dimmock: ‘Maintaining and Strengthening African Religious Health Assets, Challenges Facing Christian Health Associations in the Next Decade’ – download Ch13
- Teresa Cutts: ‘The Memphis Model: ARHAP Theory Comes to the Ground in the Congregational Health Network’
– download Ch14
- Katherine Marshall: ‘Frontiers of Public Health and Social Transformation: Faith at the Table’ – download Ch15