Lancet series on faith-based organisation contribution to health care: a call for greater accountability

  • Alison Morgan Nossal Institute for Global Health Melbourne School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne
Keywords: faith-based organizations


In July 2015 The Lancet published a three paper series on faith based health groups.  This commentary summarises each article and suggests three ways forward for faith based health providers to better describe, document and integrate their work within national health systems.


Duff JF, Buckingham WW. Strengthening of partnerships between the public sector and faith-based groups. Lancet 2015. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60250-1

Olivier J, Tsimpo C, Gemignani R, et al. Understanding the roles of faith-based health-care providers in Africa: review of the evidence with a focus on magnitude, reach, cost, and satisfaction. Lancet 2015. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60251-3

Tomkins A, Duff J, Fitzgibbon A, et al. Controversies in faith and health care. Lancet 2015 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60252-5.

Haakenstad A, Johnson E, Graves C, Olivier J, Duff J, Dieleman JL. Estimating the development assistance for health provided to faith-based organizations, 1990-2013. PLoS One 2015; 10(6): e0128389.

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