Consortium Perspectives

Religious Groups Can Play An Essential Role in Building Healthier Communities

Realizing the influence organized religion can have on public and private values, especially among poor communities with limited information resources, UNICEF's New York office has approached the CFSC Consortium to help them plan a May 2004 forum in Geneva. This forum will bring together communication experts, public health leaders and community-based religious organizations to talk about effective ways that religious groups can help ensure healthier communities through immunization outreach.

Are you a faith-based organization that works on public health projects in communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, eastern Europe or the South Pacific? If so, let us know what you are doing, and how you use communication and public dialogue to effect change in public and private attitudes about immunization. We are especially interested in hearing narrative accounts on ways that religious groups have helped minimize harmful rumors and stigma about vaccines.

When sending information, please be sure to include the name of the organization doing the work, the primary contact person within that organization, and the best way to contact the organization: email, telephone, fax or address.

Please send your stories no later than March 31, 2004.
Thank you.