“It is not difficult to tackle reproductive health questions in a Muslim-majority country. It all depends on the approach you take.”
—Dr. Sita Millimono, Program Officer for EngenderHealth, Guinea
Religion does not have to be an obstacle to advancing women’s health and rights. In fact, we’ve partnered with many committed Muslim leaders who are leading the way in their communities to raise awareness about sensitive sexual and reproductive health issues—because they know it is the key to health and well-being in their communities.
Based in EngenderHealth’s Guinea office, Dr. Sita Millimono shares her own experience working in a Muslim country.
Read more >
Farzeli is not only a revered religious leader, but also an advocate for the EngenderHealth-led ACQUIRE Project. An important strategy of the project is inspiring religious leaders like Farzeli to educate their communities about family planning and reproductive health.
Read more >
Raise awareness about global women’s health by hosting a talk at your church, temple, mosque, or community center. Make it a fundraiser and support an organization like EngenderHealth while inspiring others to learn more about women’s issues.
The decline in the total fertility rate from 1974 (5.3 lifetime births per woman) to today (2.7) in Bangladesh, a country that is nearly 90% Muslim. This positive indicator of improvements in women’s health is mirrored by maternal death rates, which (while still unacceptably high) have also fallen by half since the 1970s.
Source: Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys 2007 (PDF, 2.7MB)