Rising Tide of NCDs Print
2016 Christian IH Champion Speaks Out in US News on Increasing NCDs
 
In this piece in U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Samuel Mwenda, General Secretary of the Christian Health Association of Kenya makes the case for turning our attention to Kenya's rising tide of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease while keeping the country's focus on HIV/AIDS.
 
Kenya is an AIDS success story and is one of countries showing the most remarkable progress in reducing new HIV infections, but increasing life expectancies and poor health habits such as more fast food and more sedentary lifestyles have resulted in a growing trend of non-communicable diseases.
 
Dr. Mwenda became the third recipient of the CCIH Christian International Health Champion Award at the 2016 CCIH Annual Conference in June. 
 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2016 17:54 )
 
2016 Conference Print
 
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Attendees for a Great Conference
 
Thanks to the nearly 200 attendees from 18 nations who made the CCIH conference the largest one yet! The conference was held June 17-19, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and focused on Sustainability from a Christian Perspective. It featured five plenary sessions and twelve breakout sessions, with discussions on faith communities and Ebola recovery, engaging religious leaders in health work, incorporating local languages in programming, integrating our faith in our work, maternal and child health, and much more. 
 
Here is a sample of photos from the conference.
 
 
Please visit CCIH's Facebook page to see photo albums from the conference. See Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | FBOs and Sustainability | If you were there, please tag yourself in the photos!
    
See PowerPoint presentations from session speakers.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 July 2016 18:26 )
 
Faith Leaders Make Commitments at ICFP Print
Eighty-five faith leaders from 26 nations came together at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in the first-ever Faith Pre-conference January 24-25 in Indonesia to discuss best practices in faith-based involvement in family planning and commit to scaling up services to help families with healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. The delegates recognize the enormous opportunities presented by the faith community to help meet the unmet need for family planning for millions of couples and made commitments regarding how they will help scale up family planning during the Pre-conference. See the Statement of Commitments | French | Indonesian
 
Photo courtesy of the International Conference on Family Planning
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 February 2016 14:09 )
 
MAMA Project Print

Hope for Malnourished Children in Honduras 

 
In August, the MAMA Project sent teams of volunteers to rural villages in Honduras to provide care for people who have little or no access to medical services. The MAMA Project is a Christian organization and CCIH member based in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania in the U.S. Each year, the organization sends between 15 to 18 teams of physicians, nurses, dentists and translators to Honduras, and has already sent approximately 200 volunteers this year.
 
“We travel to areas where people have to walk one to two hours to get to a clinic,” explains Amanda Sagastume, Program Coordinator for the MAMA Project. “We often find children with malnutrition, intestinal parasites and asthma, and adults with high blood pressure. People do not have the money to get the care that they need.” 
 
Volunteer Stacey Kenny is shown above with a child at a MAMA Project Nutrition Center in August 2015. 
 
Malnutrition is a major problem for children in Honduras. The MAMA Project operates Nutrition Centers where malnourished children can be treated and mothers can learn how to improve nutrition. 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:20 )
 
USG Pre-Conference Print

In a pre-conference session at the CCIH 2015 Annual Conference on Engaging with the US Government to End Extreme Poverty, Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator and Leader of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) explained how 30 percent of PMI’s partners are faith-based organizations. He remarked that FBOs are the ones who are there for disasters and remain for the long-term, adding, “Thank you for your service and the role you plan in linking the spiritual component with the high-quality care you provide.” Also speaking were Danielle Mutone-Smith, Head of the Policy Team, USAID Office of Food for Peace; Peter Morris, Division Chief, Preparedness, Strategic Planning and Mitigation, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID; and Gary Barrett, Senior Program Advisor, American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Program, USAID. | See more presentations and videos here
Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 October 2015 15:50 )
 
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