riven by a vision of health, healing and well-being for all and inspired by our belief that all people are children of God and thus deserve to lead healthy and productive lives, IMA World Health is a faith-based public health organization whose mission aligns strongly with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2, 3, 5 and 6:
2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
IMA’s technical strategy centers on building integrated, holistic and sustainable health systems that increase access to quality health care. A key component of IMA’s approach to health systems strengthening is collaborating with local, national and international partners, especially faith-based networks and organizations, to join and leverage assets, resources, knowledge and voices. We believe in the effectiveness and efficiency of partnerships at all levels, and commit to nurturing and establishing the global partnerships needed to fulfill the SDG.
Faith-based organizations (FBOs) play a significant role in the health sector of developing countries, often bridging service delivery in partnership with government health structures and influencing positive behaviors within communities. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 30% and 70% of the health infrastructure in Africa is currently carried out by FBOs. As a result, FBOs must be an integral part of any successful strategy that seeks to support sustainable change without creating parallel systems or underutilizing existing resources. IMA World Health is honored to occupy this unique space.
The development community is engaged in important conversations that have brought necessary attention to the role of FBOs and faith communities in international health and development. The “Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty” conference in July 2015 brought together key donors, policy makers, development professionals and religious leaders to discuss and leverage the evidence base for strong FBO involvement in sustainable development. Our intention is that this new momentum will carry FBO engagement into the core strategies for achieving the SDGs, which are an ambitious but ideal framework for achieving our vision of health, healing, and well-being for all.