The creative tools being developed in ARHAP offer new approaches to identifying and mapping these assets.
Recognizing the importance of these innovative approaches, in July 2005 WHO awarded ARHAP a first contract for the mapping of religious health assets in Lesotho and Zambia.
Key activities occurring in 2005 and 2006 include: continued establishment of the ARHAP "hub" at the University of Cape Town; initiation of case studies and mapping in Lesotho and Zambia under a contract with WHO; potential expansion to USA sites and additional HIV/AIDS "focus" countries; inventory mapping in the Eastern Cape Masangane Project; hosting of an ARHAP research colloquium in July 2005 and again in 2006.
The ARHAP and the IPHFC exemplify how interdisciplinary scholarship and practice-based education and programme development can advance the set of tools needed for leadership to assure health for all.
Schmid, ARHAP Tools Workshop Report, African Religious Health Assets Programme, Cape Town, South Africa, 6-8 June 2004.
Moreover, ARHAP can only function as one catalyst in this work.
I also acknowledge the work of my colleagues in ARHAP from whom I draw in parts of this essay, notably Gary Gunderson, as well as Deb McFarland, Barbara Schmid, Malibongwe Gwele, Jill Olivier, Steve de Gruchy, Sepetla Molapo, and Paul Germond.
See Christoph Benn, "Why religious health assets matter: The past, present and future of faith-based health institutions in Africa", Assets & Agency: Papers and Proceedings of the ARHAP Colloquum, August 2003, Pietermaritzburg, ARHAP, Cape Town, South Africa, 2003, pp.
13) James Cochrane, "Religion as Social Capital in the Context of Health: Mapping the Field", Assets & Agency: Papers and proceedings of the ARHAP Colloquium, August 2003, Pietermaritzburg, ARHAP, Cape Town, South Africa, 2003, pp.