What is Channels of Hope for Maternal Newborn Child Health?
Channels of Hope for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) is a curriculum that catalyses faith communities and individuals to honour, uphold and restore the dignity and value of every human being and to help ensure that even the most vulnerable experiences fullness of life. Once catalyzed, congregations work with World Vision to meaningfully engage with sustainable, community-based MNCH interventions and advocacy to change behavior and strengthen health systems within the communities.
Faith leaders and communities often lack necessary skills and information to engage in a helpful way on health issues. Rather, they often can be the drivers of wrong information, creating barriers that prohibit people from visiting clinics, receiving vaccinations, and using birth spacing methods. Their influence can also promote early marriage, encourage harmful traditional practices, promote treating women and girls inequitably, discourage the involvement of men in MNCH and reinforce or create stigma toward various groups.
Channels of Hope for MNCH is designed to help actively deconstruct these religious and social barriers to health and equitable gender relations, as well as equip faith communities to respond compassionately and practically to the serious MNCH issues in their midst – both inside and outside their congregations. Through this process, participants begin to celebrate mothers and children as a gift from God, even those born out of wedlock.
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