The PaRD health work-stream focuses on SDG 3:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Since its inception, the work-stream has been focusing on SDG 3 sub-goal 3.8 Universal health coverage, with a focus on maternal new-born and child health (3.1/3.2) and Sexual Reproductive Health/HIV/AIDS (3.3/3.7). As a result of this work-stream, a few members conducted a scoping study on “Faith Actor Partnerships in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health”. The study can be found here. In addition, the work-stream hosted a side event at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver in 2019.
A survey conducted by the work-stream members at the end of 2019, showed a growing interest in focusing on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). After further consultations and evaluation on the gaps and role of faith/religious actors in MHPSS, the work-stream saw it fit to collaborate with actors working on mental health in the humanitarian field, especially children living in fragile settings. In collaboration with Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Institute for Global Health & Development at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) – both institutions having long history of research in the area of MHPSS with displaced populations – the work-stream has commissioned a research on ‘faith-based MHPSS with children in humanitarian setting’. The research aims at establishing the effectiveness of the different types of faith-based approaches to MHPSS (i.e. what works where, with whom, why and how?) and providing an overview of the gaps in knowledge, skills and technical support that both secular organizations and FBOs need in regard to faith literacy and/or MHPPS expertise. In addition, the research will examine new developments and needs caused by the recent COVID-19 crisis in relation to children’s wellbeing and the ability of faith-sensitive programmes to respond to these challenges.
The work-stream currently plans to host an online seminar to presenting projects by religious/faith-based-organizations working on MHPSS.
As a collaborative work among the PaRD work-streams, the health work-stream has participated in the production of a podcast together with the Sustaining Peace (SDG 16), WECARE (SDG 6, 13, 14, 15) and the Gender Equality and Empowerment (SDG 5) work-streams. The podcast titled: Identifying Funding and Resource Gaps with COVID-19 in the Field: A Religious Actors Perspective on Health, Gender, Environment and Peace has been submitted to the Geneva Peace Week 2020 and was launched as a digital product under the theme “Peacebuilding in a COVID-19 era and beyond” during the Geneva Peace Week, 2-6 November 2020.
Key events 2021
• MHPSS Study
• Webinar on MHPSS Projects