SCOPE unites medical and faith communities to improve health for the most vulnerable through innovative partnerships, leadership development, and measured impact.
SCOPE envisions a world where trusted faith leaders serve as health advocates in partnership with medical providers. SCOPE, short for Strengthening Care Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia, was founded in 2009 to empower religious leaders to be health advocates in their communities by giving them the education and skills they need to talk about health with their parishioners and neighbors. Our programs address social and cultural barriers to healthcare including stigma, education, and traditional practices that inhibit access to life-saving medicines in order to increase demand for health services that save lives. SCOPE programs are defined by their link to local and sustainable health systems as well as graduate student fellows from the University of Washington and the University of Gondar, who provide research and technical support. SCOPE began its work in Ethiopia improving HIV/AIDS diagnosis and medication adherence, and has expanded to include projects that focus on maternal and infant health.