African SDA Health Study Receives Funding

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA) recently received a $100,000 fund for phase two of the African Seventh-day Adventist Health Study (ASDAHS) running from 2022 to 2025.

This fund was secured to enable efficient publishing and distribution of phase one findings to all stakeholders including Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church members in Africa and beyond. The funding will also expand the capacity of the research team headed by Professor Daniel Ganu, the principal investigator of the Study.

The Study was fully supported by the three Divisions of the continent (ECD, SID, and WAD), Health Ministries Department and the Office of Archives, Statistics, & Research of the General Conference. More than 15,000 Church members participated in the Study.


The Study which began in 2017 aimed at gathering baseline data of the health status, knowledge, attitude and practice of the health message of the Church. Phase one ended in 2021 with amazing research findings. Key findings are that Church members are knowledgeable in and have a positive attitude towards the health message. However, their knowledge and attitude are not commensurate to their practice of the health message. Based on the data obtained from the first phase, phase two of the Study will entail intervention programs focusing on non-communicable diseases among SDA populations in Africa.

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