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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health$
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Ellen L. Idler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362202.001.0001

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Mapping Religious Resources for Health: The African Religious Health Assets Programme

Mapping Religious Resources for Health: The African Religious Health Assets Programme

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(p.344) 23 Mapping Religious Resources for Health: The African Religious Health Assets Programme
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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health
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James R. Cochrane

Deborah McFarland

Gary R. Gunderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362202.003.0023

This chapter recounts the history and mission of the project. Beginning in 2002 as a collaboration between university researchers and nongovernmental organizations in South Africa and the United States, it has developed into an international research network and been renamed the International Religious Health Assets Programme, now located at the University of Cape Town. With funding from the World Health Organization and others, the initiative identified the concept of religious health assets and pioneered a powerful combination of community-based participatory research methods and geographic information systems technology for mapping these assets on the ground throughout southern Africa. ARHAP’s seminal research has revealed the complex meanings of health in communities where public health actors may be unaware of religious actors, their local knowledge, and their tangible and intangible assets for health.

Keywords:   African Religious Health Assets Programme, International Religious Health Assets Programme, community-based participatory research, geographic information systems, religious health assets, public health, Africa

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