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The 1st National Religious Leaders Indaba on Health Declarations

REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
The 1st National Religious Leaders Indaba on Health Declarations announced at the end of the two day meeting under the theme “Health Evangelism, Towards Universal Health Coverage; Leaving No One Behind”  We, the Religious Leaders representing faiths and sects operating in Zambia and meeting for the first time at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka from 21-22 November, 2018.
Recognizing that Religious Leaders at various levels across the country play significant roles in engaging the congregants for health.  Many religious organizations are partners in health service delivery as they have health facilities within their organizations.
Noting that health unites us in our diversity and we remain as one big family because of our shared principles.
Realizing that religious leaders have a critical role to play in promotion of Health and wellness including prevention of diseases
Agreeing that there is major work to be done in the areas of Community Health, Adolescent Health, Safe motherhood, Child Health, TB, HIV/AIDs, and Malaria elimination, including halting and prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases and sensitization on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Emphasizing Disease prevention and control, to get the religious leaders buy in, on Community Health, Adolescent Health, Safe motherhood, Child Health, TB, HIV/AIDs, and Malaria elimination strategies, and sensitization on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Therefore the 1st Religious leaders’ Indaba on Health Evangelism towards Universal Health Coverage, Leaving No One Behind affirms the following:
Declarations
  • Strongly support the idea of addressing social determinants of Health, application of Health-in-All Policies approach to health
  • Adopt and support the Ministry of Health transformation agenda of promotion of health, prevention of diseases, building of  knowledge and skills of communities and re-alignment of health services to suit our cultural setting
  • Call on the Ministry of Health to continue strengthening health systems in line with the legacy goals
  • We shall advocate for partnerships with Ministry of Health to ensure demand creation for health services by religious organization at community, district, provincial and National levels.
  • As Religious Leaders we shall support moral development of our young people in view of the changing cultural norms
  • We shall identify and appoint people within our setups to act as confidants for our young people
  • We shall establish and strengthen counselling programs in our congregations
  • We shall establish and strengthen life skills programs in our congregations
  • Strongly support the idea that all Religious Leaders to become health evangelists- use every opportunity to share key health messages with their congregations.
  • Urge government, bilateral and multilateral partners, including civil society to continue supporting the Ministry of Health in providing health services
  • Adopt the primary healthcare and community health approach to health care
  • We commit ourselves to disseminate information on the   introduction of the comprehensive Health Insurance scheme so as to leave no one behind
  • Call on all Religious Leaders to engage their congregants  to promote health, wellness and prevent diseases
  • We shall strengthen referral systems to the health services including using our sites as collection points for medicines such as ARVs and TB drugs
Signed by:
Council of Churches in Zambia…………………………………………
Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia………………………………………
Makeni Islamic Society Trust….…………………………………………..
Lusaka Muslim Society………………………………………………………
House of Rastafari………………………………………………………….
New Apostolic Church………………………………………………………….
Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops…………………………………
Apostolic Council of Churches…………………………………………………
Seventh Day Adventist………………………………………………………
Independent Churches of Zambia……………………………………………
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia………………………………………………
Jewish Board of Deputies…………………………………………………………
Hindu Association…………………………………………………………………
 Baha’i Faith…………………………………………………………………………
Bishops Council of Zambia……………………………………………………….
Read by: Rev. Aaron Jackson Chilunjika
                 Board Member
                 Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia

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