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 "Health - Lifestyles - Christian Values: Pioneering Global Health Solutions in the 21st Century" 
CCIH 26th Annual Conference | 8 -10 June, 2012 | Marymount University | Arlington, Virginia
CCIH 2nd Annual Advocacy Day | 11 June, 2012 | Capitol Hill | Washington, D.C.






UNAIDS 2011 World AIDS Day Report: Progress to Date & Challenges for the Future
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2011 World AIDS Day Report on November 21. The report presents a wealth of evidence that the global community is making significant progress toward meeting universal access to HIV care, treatment, prevention and support and toward the goal of halting and reversing the spread of HIV by 2015. It gives hope that the “vision of a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths” is a possibility. In the UNAIDS Press Release marking the launching of the report, 2011 was referred to as “a game changing year for the AIDS response with unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and results."
Among the progress noted in the report are the following:
- New HIV infections (reduced by 21% since 1997) and AIDS-related deaths (decreased by 21% since 2005) have fallen to the lowest levels since the peak of the epidemic.
- Nearly half (47% or 6.6 million) of the estimated 14.2 million people eligible for treatment in low- and middle-income countries were accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy in 2010, an increase of 1.35 million since 2009 (UNAIDS and WHO estimates)
- Evidence strongly suggests that when antiretroviral treatment reduces the viral load of a person living with HIV to virtually undetectable levels, it also reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to an uninfected partner.
- New HIV infections have been significantly reduced or have stabilized in most parts of the world (although continues to rise in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Oceania and Middle-East and North Africa).
- Behavior changes (reduction in numbers of sexual partners, an increase in condom use and delaying sexual activity), especially amongst young people aged 15-24, has contributed the decline in new infections.
- An increase in male circumcision is also contributing to a decrease in new infections
- Nearly half (48%) of all pregnant women living with HIV were able to access antiretroviral prophylaxis to prevent their child from contracting the virus.
- AIDS-related deaths among children younger than 15 have declined by 20% from 2005 to 2010
The flip side of the progress made are the estimates of lives saved and new infections and deaths averted: 2.5 million deaths averted since 1995 due to the roll out of antiretroviral therapy, with 700,000 of those in 2010; more than 350,000 new infections in children averted since 1995 due to their mothers’ access to antiretroviral prophylaxis; an additional 35,000 new infections averted annually due to changes in sexual behavior; and 2000 new infections averted due to uptake in male circumcision in Kenya’s Nyanza province, with a projection that circumcising 20 million more men across Eastern and Southern Africa would avert around 3.4 million new HIV infections by 2015.
After highlighting progress to date, the UNAIDS Report tackled the issues of how to reach for the goals of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths, particularly in light of financial challenges currently faced by the global community. UNAIDS has “mapped a new framework for AIDS investments which are focused on high-impact, evidence-based, high-value strategies” which could produce remarkable results: at least 12.2 million new HIV infections averted, including 1.9 million among children between 2011 and 2020; and 7.4 million AIDS-related deaths averted between 2011 and 2020. The framework is based on six essential program activities:
- focused interventions for key populations at higher risk (particularly sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs)
- prevention of new HIV infections in children
- behavior change programs
- condom promotion and distribution
- treatment, care and support for people living with HIV
- voluntary medical male circumcision in countries with high HIV prevalence.
The UNAIDS framework aims to help the global community make smarter choices related to HIV&AIDS programs and funding. If the targets agreed upon in the June 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS are to be met, US$ 22-24 billion will be needed by 2015. The report says that the framework can help to bring about “value for money” by supporting national AIDS responses as they “make timely investments that are in the right places; utilize the right strategies; increase efficiency, reduce costs and promote innovation.”
Current funding levels would have to be increased in order to achieve this kind of investment. Herein lays the challenge. At the end of 2010 only around US$ 15 billion was available for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries. Donor funding has been reduced by 10% from US$ 7.6 billion in 2009 to US$ 6.9 billion in 2010. More recently, the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which accounts for nearly half of the funding for HIV treatment, announced that donors have not followed through with their funding pledges, forcing it to cancel the Round 11 funding cycle. (See below)
The 2011 UNAIDS Report provides the evidence and vision that supports the renewed commitment made by the UN General Assembly in June 2011. It is up to the global community to grasp the “shared responsibility” and the commitment to make the necessary investment to work toward that vision.
UNAIDS 2011 World AIDS Day Report | view 
Factsheet | view 
Press Release | view 
Epidemiological Slides | view 
ACET International
WAD Resources | view
WAD Church Resources | view

*Download for this list and more: CCIH World AIDS Day 2011 Resources | view

Global Fund Cancels Round 11 Funding Cycle, Establishes Transitional Funding
The Board of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria made the difficult decision during its recent meeting in Accra, Ghana to cancel Round 11 country proposals and to drop some upper-middle-income countries without large HIV epidemics, such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and China, from future funding. The decision was necessitated by the failure of donor countries to honor $2.2 billion in pledged funding. The Global Fund has a policy that the financing of Phase 2 renewals of existing grants has a higher priority than the financing of new grants. The Board determined that the money that the Global Fund expects to have at its disposal until the end of 2013 will be needed for renewals of current grants, leaving no money for Round 11. It had also stopped signing new Round 10 grants but if pledged 2011 funds are received it can begin to sign those again, as long as there is enough funding for current commitments and renewals.
The next funding round will not be offered until the 2014-16 cycle and will be subject to a new 2012-16 funding strategy also approved at the Board meeting. A Transitional Funding Mechanism, with an application deadline of March 31, 2012, has been established to provide emergency funding to those countries whose current funding will run out before 2014 so that they can continue to provide funding for “essential prevention, treatment and/or care services by current grantees." (Further details regarding the Transitional Funding Mechanism application process will be available in December 2011.) Additionally, Phase 2 funding of current grants, which has traditionally been awarded for multiple years, will now be dispersed on a yearly basis. For detailed reports of the November Board meeting and its decisions, click here.  Additional information can be found through the Global Fund Observer Issue 167 published by Aidspan.
As would be expected, the news of the canceling of Round 11 funding has been met with dismay, especially in light of the recent UNAIDS report which shows that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen to the lowest levels and more than 6.6 million people now have access to HIV treatment and that increased funding for tuberculosis and malaria programs have resulted in a reduction in tuberculosis and malaria-related deaths among people living with HIV. The decreased donor funding for HIV&AIDS caused by the global financial crisis is already jeopardizing this progress and momentum and decreased funding through the Global Fund brings a further threat. At a time when experts are calling for scaling up and prioritizing HIV&AIDS activities, it is feared that progress will be stalled and may even be reversed. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé remarked in a press statement after the Global Fund announcement that “this delay could keep countries from their efforts to save lives at a time when the AIDS response has seen game-changing results."
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) notes in a press release that the recent funding shortfalls come at a time when science and practice has shown that “HIV treatment itself not only saves lives but is also a critical form of preventing the spread of the virus." The International AIDS Alliance also urged donors “to step up and mobilize the resources needed” to replenish the fund in 2014 and to allow “bridge-funding to enable continuity and scale up of services” prior to that time.
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an alliance of 80 churches and related organizations around the world, is “alarmed” by the Global Fund decision, noting the irony in the fact that the hopefulness created by the UNAIDS report was immediately dampened by the Global Fund news. Executive Director Peter Prove remarked, “people currently dying for lack of access to treatment and prevention have been betrayed - just when the science is showing that the end of AIDS is within our grasp.”
“Jamkhed” Receives Social Impact Award; Drs. Arole Hailed As Role Models
On 2 October 2011, CCIH member the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP, commonly referred to as Jamkhed) in Jamkhed, India, was awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award for Health, NGO. The Social Impact Awards, in their inaugural year, are designed to recognize “the efforts of those struggling to bring developmental justice to the deprived and underprivileged millions” while focusing greater attention on five important areas: education, healthcare, livelihood, environment and advocacy/empowerment. During the ceremony the founders of CRHP, Drs. Mabelle and Raj Arole, were praised by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as “great role models." Similar comments were expressed by others, suggesting that CRHP was a “hands-down winner as best NGO in health." | view article
In reflecting on the honor given to Jamkhed, Dr. Shobha Arole, who with her brother Ravi now directs the project that her late parents founded (Raj died in May 2011, Mabelle in 1999), pointed out that the Social Impact Awards focused on the institutions making an impact on people’s lives, not just on the leaders. She said: “This award honored all of the people that make our organization a success. CRHP is an organization formed by the community in service of the community and I felt it was important to recognize that” (October 2011 CRHP newsletter).
Indeed, CRHP is ultimately about the people whose lives have been affected in an incredible way through the project. Concentrating on the poorest of the poor, Jamkhed “empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development.” Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole began the project in 1970, convinced that most village medical problems could be tackled through prevention instead of waiting until curative interventions were necessary. From the beginning the key to educating and providing basic services that support prevention has been the Village Health Worker (VHW). Development projects (appropriate technology, agriculture, water and sanitation, micro-credit) have added to the capacity of communities to direct their own health and development. The quantitative and qualitative impact of the project is quite remarkable. A 2009 WHO study on CRHP suggested that a VHW-based health program such as this one definitely has a lasting and very positive impact on reduction in child mortality.
The Jamkhed model of community-based public health care has influenced community health programs in India and around the world. Health professionals, community organizers, government officials, students and others come to Jamkhed to take advantage of a wide range of training and research opportunities. Click here to view the various programs that are available, including medical and public health electives.
NEW! CRHP recently instituted an Internship program. The six month internships are unpaid but room and Board will be provided. For more information on internships, click here. For additional information about CRHP and its programs, contact or Connie Gates, Director of Jamkhed in North America, for more information.
Additional information:
TOI Social Impact Awards: A mission to place health in the hands of people | view
Villages Without Doctors | view
What Makes Community Health Care Work? | view
Necessary Angels, National Geographic Magazine, December 2007 | view
Dr. Mabelle Arole | view
Obituary for Dr. Raj Arole | view
A Tribute to Raj Arole of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India (FutureGenerations), including a tribute by Dr. Shobha Arole | view 
ADRA Bangladesh Women Empowerment Project (WEP): Best Practice, Lessons Learned
By Elidon Bardhi MSA, Country Director | ADRA Bangladesh
Status of women in Bangladesh is among the poorest in the world, characterized by limited decision making power, high illiteracy rate (45%), limited control over resources, low employment rates (26%), vulnerable to food insecurity both in access and utilization and high maternal mortality rates (570 per 100,000). When ADRA first designed and implemented the Women in Development Project in the early nineties, our staff had little understanding of the impact that this program would have on our community partners in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. During the implementation, our local staff realized that ADRA’s empowerment project was creating long-lasting, positive changes at the community level. It wasn’t until project staff started interviewing female beneficiaries such as Anawara who told us, in her own words, how her life was changed by the project:
“When I enrolled myself into one of the women groups I did not know how to write and read. We had a hard time making it through the month financially. My husband was standing every day at the local market hoping that someone would pick him up as a day laborer. He was the only one who could bring money at home. My children used to get sick often and we had no medical services in the community. I was not consulted from my husband on any family related issues and did not dare thinking of being consulted by the community on community’s affairs. In our community traditionally men will consult on any issues that were a concern to everybody. My life started to change after I started to write and read. I received new skills on how to identify a small business and invest my money wisely. Soon I received a $50 loan from ADRA and with my husband decided to buy a rickshaw. It is the cheapest and eco-friendly mean of transportation. My husband was so happy that he had his own rickshaw”.
She kept requesting larger loans after each one that was successfully paid in full. With each new loan the number of rickshaws increased. Now she has her own “travel agency” made of 25 rickshaws and has employed 25 people from the community. She has become a successful entrepreneur and an example for thousands of other women.
ADRA’s approach is focused on the following key strategies: building civil society organization, providing literacy classes, improving health and nutrition practices, providing income generation activities, and behavior change and communication. All these interventions work together ensuring an integrated approach to women’s empowerment.
Formation of Women Empowerment Groups (WEGs) is the first step in building civil society organizations in Mymensingh. The community does it by organizing community consultation meetings and facilitating selection of poor women as members of WEGs. Literacy is a crucial intervention that ensures the sustainability of WEGs.  Our experience reveals that literacy and numeracy skills are not only essential to the effective functioning and self-management of WEGs, but that these basic skills also open doors for an improved quality of life.
ADRA has successfully facilitated access by group members to government funded agricultural extension services, where group members use the money they borrow to begin or expand their involvement in different Income Generating Activities (IGA). It is prudent to ensure that those who will be responsible for the production activity have adequate knowledge and production skills.
This project gave rise to several key lessons:
  • The sustainability of any intervention is consistent with the level of ownership the community and other key stakeholders have in the project.
  • Formation and existence of community-based Civil Society Organizations will fall apart if the entire community is not involved in identification of needs, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions.
  • Literacy and economic development opportunities play an important role in boosting confidence among poor women and help them engage in advocacy.
  • Networking activities between community Federation and other Civil Society Organizations build the capacity of federation to get involved in advocacy activities for the benefit of the entire community.
  • When women are mobilized, and their voices are heard they can make a difference in the life of the community.
  • Women’s participation in governance structures ensures effectiveness and success of advocacy efforts.
  • Participation of male counterparts in agricultural based income generation activities (IGA) ensures sustainability of the program and eases women empowerment efforts.
  • Joint managed IGA between husband and wife improves family dynamics and increases opportunities for women to get involved in decision-making.
  • Annual sharing and learning workshops build confidence among women as agents of change in the community.
  • Demonstration plots give confidence to farmers that new agriculture technology such as System of Rice Intensification (SRI) increases staple food yields by at least 30% and this is crucial especially for poor farmers who hesitate to take risks on their small plots
  • Regular weekly savings can make a difference in the lives of women who become entrepreneurs.
When Ambia Khatun joined the group, she did not know to read or write. She was an ordinary house wife with no income sources. She regularly attended in the weekly health and literacy meetings. When she learned how to write and read she felt encouraged to become involved with an IGA, so she received a loan from the Sekarikanda Kazipzara WEG in Mymensingh and started a poultry rearing micro-business. Gradually her income increased and she was able to contribute to her family’s income. Soon she realized that she could do more to help the entire community. She decided she would become a leader in her community and improve the status of women. With the new information that she had received from the WEG, she improved her leadership skills. She is preparing herself to run for local Counselor in Mymensingh. Ambia says that if she is elected she will be able to establish good governance practices at the local labor union and provide more assistance to poor families. Ambia is one of the 5,400 women that are benefiting from the project at the present.
ADRA’s Women Empowerment Project (WEP) is introducing positive changes in the targeted communities as thousands of previously poor and illiterate women have become influential members of civil society in Bangladesh and they are proud to represent their community. 

Photo of Women Empowerment Project | view
For more information on ADRA Bangladesh, contact the Country Director | email
HospiVision Announces Training Programme for 2012
CCIH member HospiVision, based in Pretoria, South Africa, is a faith-based organization specializing in psycho-social and spiritual care, counseling and training, as well as physical support, in the health care environment.
HospiVision recognizes that the Faith-Based community and Faith-Based organizations see reaching out to the sick and vulnerable as part of their core calling, yet many do not have the skills, training or sufficient understanding of the dynamics of working in the health care environment to do this well. In response, HospiVision will be offering 9 Short Learning Programmes, as part of the Faith in Action Programme of the Centre for Community Training and Development (CTD) of UNISA College of Human Sciences. Topics such as Spiritual care and counseling for the sick and for people living with AIDS, and Trauma counseling in an Accident and Emergency Unit will be offered. The training will take place in Pretoria. The courses will benefit leaders and members of Faith-Based and Community-Based organizations, pastoral counselors and therapists, volunteers and lay counselors, and health professionals who want to expand their skills.
For more information, visit the HospiVision website and click on “Training Programmes." Follow the links for “Download training brochure” or “Enroll for a course." Registration may also be completed by calling the HospiVision Head Office [27- (0)12-3299492 / (0)12-3294420 – from 08:00-13:00] or by email. For information on off-site training for groups of 12 or more, please contact HospiVision directly.
International Parish Nurse Resource Center Joins the Memphis’ Church Health Center
As of the end of November, the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) joined the Church Health Center (CHC), a dynamic wholistic health center in Memphis, Tennessee. CCIH has had positive interaction with both organizations over the past few years and is encouraged by this new alliance.
The Church Health Center seeks to reclaim the Biblical commitment to take care of our bodies and our spirits, believing that wellness and prevention should be delivered alongside treatment and that spirituality is an essential element of health. The non-denominational ministry serves the working uninsured, serving about 54,000 patients each year. It is the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the USA.
To support health services in the community, CHC has trained more than 1,000 lay health leaders to serve in area congregations and has produced a variety of congregational resources and curricula addressing health and wellness issues. Through its website, the Church Health Reader, the Church Health Center connects people across the globe interested in healing ministry by providing them with both theological frameworks and practical applications.
It was a natural step for IPNRC to join the Church Health Center’s Outreach Ministry. Established in 1986, the IPNRC has worked with nurses and communities, both in the United States and abroad, as they explore ways to incorporate parish nursing into their faith tradition. Parish nurses, sometimes called faith community nurses, are licensed registered nurses who practice whole-person health and spiritual care as members of pastoral teams in a variety of religious faiths throughout the world. There are an estimated 15,000 parish nurses in the world. Faith Community/Parish Nurses provide valuable services to their congregations and community that is otherwise unavailable. These might include serving HIV/AIDS clients, seeing that TB patients get medications and food, assisting the elderly or serving women affected by domestic violence.
The IPNRC is a leader in parish nurse education and consultation and has nearly 150 Educational Partners around the United States and abroad who teach parish nursing. It produces and provides materials for communities implementing programs and for nurses who provide health and spiritual teaching in those communities.
The IPNRC supports the World Forum for Parish Nursing which connects parish nurses and health ministers around the globe. Twenty-five countries have so far initiated or expanded wholistic health programs in many different faiths and cultures. The IPNRC Director of International Programs and Coordinators’ Support and the Convener of the World Forum is Maureen Daniels. Maureen has indicated that that the World Forum’s “most current project has been to encourage and help the different regions of the world to develop their own regional and local Parish Nurse Resource Centers.”
Maureen encourages CCIH members and affiliates to consider working with and supporting parish nurses. Please feel free to contact her for possible information on parish nurse programs in the countries in which you are involved. Likewise, she would be happy to hear about faith community/parish nurses that are not as yet familiar with IPNRC. | email
Call for Applications for Interfaith Chaplains Programme at 2012 International AIDS Conference
An Interfaith Chaplains Programme and Interfaith Prayer Room have been available during International AIDS Conferences since 2004.   Plans are underway to organize these activities for the 19th International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., July 22-27, 2012. Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Imam Dr Abdul-Malik of Masjidut-Taqwa in Trenton, New Jersey, USA will be serving as head chaplains. An additional 10 religious leaders from around the world will be selected to participate in the chaplains programme.
Applications are now being accepted for additional chaplains. The deadline for submission is January 22, 2012. For more information and to view the application, click here.



LifeRise AIDS Resources Gives Grant to Church to Help Children Affected by AIDS

World AIDS Day is December 1 and is an opportunity to raise awareness and bring people across the globe together to fight this devastating disease. Many CCIH members and affiliates are working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, care for those living with the disease, and provide for the children who lose parents to AIDS. CCIH member LifeRise AIDS Resources provides information, training, technical and medical consulting, ministry skills, and funding to help local organizations with AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. The organization awarded a grant this fall to Gulele Guenet Church (GGC) of Ethiopia to conduct a one-year project to help children who are infected with HIV/AIDS, have parents who are ill with the disease, or have been orphaned.
The church is located near a crowded market area in the capital, Addis Ababa, and ministers to hundreds in its community. With the funds, the church will be able to provide food, health care, clothing, shoes, and school fees and supplies. Volunteers will be trained to visit the children in their homes and provide practical care and emotional support.
LifeRise AIDS Resources partners with grassroots evangelical Christians in poor communities reaching out to those suffering because of HIV/AIDS. The organization is located in Frederick, Maryland.
For more information | website


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Plan ahead for travel through London this summer, Tips from MTS Travel
The Olympics are coming to London, with affected travel dates July 1 through September 14, 2012. Planes will be full and fares may be abnormally high over those dates. If you are flying to London, or your travel plans necessitate a connection through London, reserve your space as soon as possible. Consider choosing another route over those dates if you can. Conversely, as we saw with the World Cup in South Africa last year, very near the travel date space began opening up. If you have last-minute travel to or through London, you may find some space at reasonable rates. However, this is no guarantee, so it’s better to plan ahead. Remember also that travelers carrying passports from countries other than the USA may need a visa when transiting/visiting Great Britain.
For more information about CCIH Affiliate MTS Travel, click here.
Join the Global Church in the Film Event of the Year: Host a Screening of 58: The Film
Request a Complimentary Screening Kit for your Church!
For a limited time only, 58: is making complimentary screening kits available to churches and groups who would like to join the global church in hosting a 58: THE FILM Premiere event. 58: will provide you with all the resources you need to plan, promote, and engage your audience in the event. Visit to request a complimentary screening kit, watch the trailer, or locate public screenings in your area.
About 58: THE FILM

Experience the eye-opening, powerful, and optimistic story of the global Church rising up to do the unimaginable: ending extreme poverty in our lifetime.
58: is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.
New Called to Care Booklet Published - Parenting: A Journey of Love 
CCIH affiliate Strategies for Hope Trust (SFH) recently published the tenth booklet in theCalled to Care toolkit series. The series, which began in 2005, consists of practical, action-oriented booklets and mini-manuals, each focusing on a different aspect of the HIV epidemic in Africa and Asia. They are designed for use by church leaders, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Booklet number 10, Parenting: A Journey of Love, focuses on the knowledge and skills which parents and guardians need to provide their children with protection against threats to their health and wellbeing, and to give them the best possible start in life through stories, poems, quotes, Bible studies, games and participatory exercises.
Books published by SFH may be ordered by email through SFH or through their UK distributors, TALC. Organizations in sub-Saharan Africa that are unable to pay in foreign currency may request a limited number of Strategies for Hope materials free of charge by using the mailing list form
Strategies for Hope is also very pleased to share the evaluation report of their Called to Care toolkit materials, completed by an independent consultant. Strategies for Hope thanks CCIH for constructive collaboration in these projects, and they are hopeful that the development of the Called to Care materials will continue into the future. To download the impact report, click here
The Called to Care booklets may also be downloaded free of charge from the SFH website. 
Changed Agents: Nine Years in Nepal - A New Book by Dr. Nick Henwood
Dr. Nick Henwood of CCIH member Community Health Global Network (CHGN) and his wife Ros, recently published Changed Agents: Nine Years in Nepal that tells the story of their sojourn in Nepal in the 1990s and early 2000s.
“They thrived in a remote village, and in a cosmopolitan town; working with Christian and secular organisations. Nick pioneered a TB and HIV programme, while Ros and a Nepali friend prayed him through each obstacle. They raised two daughters, negotiated red tape, faced political unrest, and engaged with the rapidly-growing Nepali church. Intending to be change agents, they found Nepal changed them.”
Told by both Nick and Ros in their own words, the book provides a fresh “de-mystifying” look at cross-cultural living, including how they tackled many thorny issues. Information on purchasing the book can be found here.
"They worked side by side and tell their story side by side. In this fascinating kaleidoscope they describe honestly, humbly and humorously how they survived, adapted, and served community and church." | Dr Andrew Fergusson, Former Head of Communications, Christian Medical Fellowship

"Here is a couple who tell it as it is, share what it was like to work with Christian and secular agencies, live through political unrest, cope with bureaucracy, handle conflict between expatriates, and raise kids in another culture...This is a must read for anyone who is considering cross-cultural work overseas. Don't go abroad until you have read this! Don't encourage others to go abroad until they have read it!" | Rev. Dr. David & Rosemary Harley, Former principal of All Nations Christian College and General Director of OMF
New Report on Faith & Family Planning: Working Together to Improve Family Well-being
The Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University (IRH) has recently completed a new study report titled Faith-Based Organizations as Partners in Family Planning: Working Together to Improve Family Well-being. This report follows a year-long initiative of data gathering and a subsequent technical consultation at Georgetown University highlighting Christian, Muslim and secular perceptions of the relationship between faith and family planning. In fact, several CCIH members took part in the study as key informants. 
The report reflects the interest among many diverse actors within Christian and Muslim communities to expand access to family planning as well as the interest of secular health organizations in partnering with faith groups. At the same time, the report also reveals barriers and potential issues to partnerships between secular and faith-based organizations working to improve health through family planning. 
To access the report, click here. For inquiries about the initiative, please contact Lauren VanEnk | email
IRH works with a variety of organizations, including Catholic, Protestant and Muslim organizations, to expand family planning options.
Learn more about IRH's work with Faith-Based Organizations | view
Reminder to consider endorsement of the Nairobi InterFaith Declaration 

DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and Muhammadiyah conducted an extended consultation and adopted an “Interfaith Declaration to Improve Family Health and Well-Being”. The Nairobi Declaration clearly supports provision of information and means for couples to control the timing and spacing of their children consistent with their own faith and needs.
As one of the principle organizations involved in this effort, CCIH is requesting endorsement of the Nairobi Declaration by CCIH members and affiliates. 
Please contact Amy Metzger with any questions or comments.


Courses & Training Opportunities 
Community Health Evangelism TOT 1 | Phoenix, AZ
January 30-February 3, 2012
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

$160 per participant
This training offered by the Global CHE Network is aimed at equipping workers for effective ministry in villages and urban slums. Our approach seamlessly integrates evangelism and discipleship with community health and development. Our goal is to transform lives and communities from the inside out.

For more information and to register, click here.  
Faith-Based Partnership Initiative Disaster Response Training
The American Red Cross invites churches and faith communities to offer volunteer service as partners with the Red Cross during times of disaster response. Trainings in CPR and first aid are available. The purpose of the Chapter's Faith-Based Partnership Initiative is to identify churches and other faith-based organizations that will partner with the chapter to create a safer, healthier and more resilient community.
By partnering with the Capital Region Chapter, churches and other faith-based organizations can help us continue providing these services to people in our region. 
Churches and other faith-based organizations willing to join us in this effort are encouraged to contact Matt Lingo at (916) 993-7081. For more information, click here

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CCIH ADVOCACY UPDATE |  Mona Bormet, CCIH Project Manager

CCIH is currently working with its members, other Christians and people of faith, and the US Congress to gain support for increased US commitment and funding for international health services around the world.
CCIH encourages you to contact your Member of Congress and share information about your successful health programs and how U.S. government contributions affect your programs. Don’t know who represents you or your organization in Washington, D.C.?  Click here to find your elected officials and call them or write them an email. Need help? Please contact
CCIH is happy to talk to you and your staff about Advocacy efforts on the local, state and national level –debunk any myths, talk about the facts, and basic ways you and/or your organization can help educate decision makers about the successful practices of faith-based organizations in international health. CCIH wants to hear about your concerns and the ways you want us to engage policy makers. Please contact
Learn more about CCIH’s advocacy activities on our advocacy pages or by contacting our advocacy team
  •  We invite you to take part in a short, five-question survey on your organization's advocacy activities. As we represent your voice to our constituency and the world, the results of this survey are important to us and will determine our future efforts. We value your privacy and assure that all responses are kept confidential and will be used for CCIH purposes only. Thank you very much for your time, and for helping us promote global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. We appreciate your feedback by TOMORROW, 2 December, 2011. If you did not receive an email invitation to complete the survey, please contact Mona Bormet.
  • Thursday, 1 December at 10:30-12 | "Better together: Family Planning & HIV/AIDS Integration" Briefing
Join CCIH, the Global Health Council, FHI360, Population Action International (PAI), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, PSI, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) at a briefing on Capitol Hill (2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)). CCIH Member, Dr. Peter Okaalet will be speaking at the briefing as a faith-based voice. Please join us!
More information/RSVP | view here  

  • On 15-16 November 2011, CCIH co-sponsored "Engaging Faith-Based Organizations in the Response to Maternal Mortality" with The Woodrow Wilson Center's Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and World Faiths Development Dialogue.
    Missed the event? | view webcast | read summary | download presentations | CCIH Member Katherine Marshall's blog highlight
    The first day consisted of a discussion among 25 individuals, in which visitors from Pakistan, Yemen, Bangladesh, and Nigeria shared their best practices to engage faith-based organizations in reducing maternal mortality. Breakout discussions focused on data & research, policy/advocacy/funding, faith & family planning, and interfaith efforts. The second day consisted of a public meeting in which the same four visitors shared their best practices and the community in attendance was able to respond. The final report will be available in 2012. Please direct any comments or questions to Mona Bormet.  
  • On November 7th, CCIH and Global Health Council co-sponsored a briefing on “Adolescent Girls & Family Planning.” Missed the event? Stayed tuned for blog posts and summaries.
  • On November 3rd, CCIH participated in the first ever joint advocacy day between Global Health Council and the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. Eleven of the eighteen participants were CCIH members. In total, the groups visited twenty Members of Congress and CCIH members shared information on what faith-based organizations are doing all over the world to improve the health and well-being.
  • Advocacy session at CCIH’s Annual Conference: “The Impact of a Collective Christian Voice” | view it here
  • Learn about what CCIH Members from the Global South are doing | Stories from the Global South 


Policy/Advocacy Intern & Web Developer Intern 
Policy/Advocacy Intern | Are you a student in the DC metro area who is interested in learning more about policy/advocacy as it uniquely relates to Christian faith-based organizations around the world? Do you have 10-20 hours/week to commit to CCIH?
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Position description  | download

Web Developer Intern/Volunteer | (called ‘intern’ for the purposes of this announcement) CCIH is looking for someone to support the CCIH website. The major responsibility of the intern will be to develop a plan to organize and/or restructure the back-end of the website and to implement that plan, where possible.
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Employment/Intern/Volunteer Opportunities within the CCIH Community
As a service to CCIH Organizational and Individual Members and to CCIH Affiliates, we provide a section in our monthly informational dispatches devoted to publicizing jobs and other opportunities for involvement. Organizations are welcome and encouraged to announce positions for which they are recruiting. Employment opportunity notices should provide general information about the open position(s) including location, job description, important desired qualifications and contact information. The notices should not be too long but can provide links to longer announcements. 
Individuals who are seeking employment, internships, fellowships or other positions are invited to publicize their availability. These announcements will also be included in a message on the CCIH News listserv. Please send your announcements to CCIH. Availability notices by individuals should be short and provide only contact information that is desired to be public. In order to protect the privacy of our members, anyone interested in contacting a potential employee/volunteer can obtain further contact information and an individual's resume from CCIH.  Individual members seeking positions at all levels:
Paul Armerding, MD FACS: Management Consulting Services – Paul, of Medical Compass, Inc., provides assistance with strategic planning, staff development, facilities development, communications and fund raising for Christian health care activities in developing countries. In particular, Paul provides training in leadership and management that combines didactic instruction with one-on-one coaching. Paul has 22 years experience as a hospital CEO and has taught in several locations overseas. To contact Paul, email
Douglas Cressman, BA, MHA - Doug is an experienced health care administrator with extensive experience in diverse fields of active care, public health, continuing care, and international health care. He has five years of international health experience working for MB Mission as a hospital administrator and director of redevelopment at a missions hospital in Andhra Pradesh, India. Doug’s specialized skill is in developing and building organizations. He has some HIV-AIDS experience while working in India. He has experience in writing and presenting funding program proposals. He also has basic French speaking skills in addition to well-developed English communication skills. A team player and collaborator, Doug is a member of a Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. He believes that he can best serve God and his fellow man by utilizing his administrative talents. He would prefer to work with a faith-based organization and is available long-term. Contact him directly by e-mail at or telephone 204-832-3790 or 204-250-5090.
Kathy Erb, Communications Consultant - Kathy Erb is a communications consultant specializing in international health and development. She draws on her creativity and experience working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations to write innovative content that truly reaches the reader. She is the author of a set of sermon guides developed for an international development agency to help spiritual leaders communicate messages on critical health issues, including safe motherhood, gender-based violence, and malaria. Earlier in her career, Kathy managed a communications department for a professional association, where she was responsible for a variety of publications. She has produced newsletters, press releases, funding appeals, annual reports, web content, marketing materials, a training guide, and more. She finds writing to promote health in the developing world and encouraging Christian faith in action especially rewarding. Kathy is seeking short-term or long-term consulting assignments. She may be reached at or 301-253-2594. Writing samples available upon request.
Linda Funke, MSW - Linda Funke graduated in May 2011 with her MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Linda is seeking to apply her skills in international social development, program management, and leadership mentoring through full-time employment in a developing country. Linda is willing to learn additional languages as required for the position; having worked as an HIV educator for fifteen months in Papua New Guinea, she is fluent in English and Melanesian Pidgin. She is a hard-working, dedicated, flexible team-player with specific skills in counseling and mediation, advocacy, and community capacity-building. Her interests include global health initiatives such as HIV, malaria, sanitation, women’s health and disaster relief. She also enjoys organizing educational programs for children and families. She would prefer to serve in a faith-based organization, as her Christian faith has always motivated her service. Her husband, a teacher and musician, will be joining her at her future work location. Linda can be contacted by email at or by telephone at 636-236-4621. 
Chinweuba Kenechukwu Obi, O.D, MSc IHPM May 2011 – Chinweuba will receive his MSc in International Health Policy and Management in May 2011 from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management in Brandeis University. He is seeking to apply his skills in strategic planning, evaluation, program implementation and management through full-time employment in the United States and a developing country. Chinweuba is fluent in English and Ibo, and he is willing to learn additional languages as required for a position. He is a hard-working, committed, and flexible professional who learns fast. He is an excellent team-player with skills in field report-writing, research, advocacy, and community needs assessment. His interests include global initiatives such as HIV/AIDS, female reproductive health and malaria. He can be contacted by email at or by telephone at 857-417-6816.
Camille Medema (RN BSN, MPH) - Camille is a graduate of the Masters of Public Health program from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, with a focus on epidemiology and international health. Camille is also a registered nurse and advanced Spanish speaker, looking to combine her clinical health knowledge with Spanish and public health in international development. Having worked as a nurse in both acute care and community health settings Camille is looking for work in community-based programs where she can gain experience in program planning, implementation, management, or program evaluation. Specific public health interests include health education, nutrition, and infectious disease. Through experiences working in program evaluation for an organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, as well as a nurse case manager for homeless clients with mental illness and substance abuse in St. Louis, Camille has developed the ability to work well in diverse settings with a team-oriented work ethic and great adaptability. Her Christian faith and passion for peace and social justice align well to work with faith-based organizations, but she looks forward to serving in any type of organization. Camille can be reached at or by phone at 616-581-4565.
Verita Powers, Masters in Management Information Systems, MS - Verita Powers received her MS in Management Information Systems at The American University in May of 1993. She is dedicated, hard-working and committed with teaching and international field experience. Verita recently completed and internship with MIDEGO focusing on five health facilities in the Republic of Georgia.  She was a successful Program Director and Intern that reached over 3000 women to improve child and maternal health.  Verita worked closed with physicians to create and track programs for breastfeeding, infant health, smoking cessation and breast cancer prevention.  Verita is an experienced project manager in the financial sector and has a passion for public health.  She is interested in working within the federal governmnet and non-profit sector. Verita may be contacted by email at
Rose Schneider, RN, MPH - Rose Schneider is a Health and HIV/AIDS Specialist with 30 years experience working directly with staff in NGOs, FBOs and Ministries of Health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She provides technical assistance in maternal/child/neonatal health, reproductive health, community based primary health care and HIV/AIDS. Rose has extensive experience in project design, monitoring and evaluation, baseline/rapid assessments, project implementation and management, mentoring, and capacity development. She has a solid track record in successful proposal development and building the organization’s capacity to implement effective projects. She also has clinical and supervisory experience in community health clinics, health centers and hospitals in developing countries. Rose may be contacted at
Jean Jacques Ngamaleu Tougoue MD, MPH - Jean Jacques is a physician and public health practitioner with over eleven years experience in global health programs design, implementation, coordination and evaluation from national operational level to international. He is desiring a challenging and leadership posting within an organization dedicated to sourcing, devising and employing quality driven strategies aimed at reversing the impact of infectious diseases on an international scale, especially in Africa and/or Asia. Specific areas of interest paralleling experience and expertise are programs based on HIV, TB, TB/HIV co-infection, PMTCT, Family planning/HIV service integration, VCT, OVC and nutrition. Jean Jacques possesses an exceptional ability to enter new environments and produce immediate results through his aptitude for speaking and writing in several languages (Fluent in French, English, Lingala is learning Spanish). He is able and is willing to travel internationally up to 40% of the time throughout the year. Please contact Jean Jacques at or (240-413-2639). 
Maryen Vemuri, DDS, MPH, MNM – Maryen is a pediatric dentist with Public Health and Nonprofit Management master’s degrees. She is fully bilingual (Spanish and English). She also has a special interest and is highly familiar with Latin American health issues; however, she would enjoy working in programs that would benefit underserved and disadvantaged African or Asian populations as well. Maryen’s previous clinical training and experience have been a valuable foundation for her recent public health activities in the area of cancer. She would enjoy leading or coordinating programs that can have a major impact in health disparities in large populations.  Maryen can be reached by email at or by telephone at 301-252-9737.

Member and Affiliate Organizations Announcing Employment Opportunities     
General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church
Healthy Families, Health Planet Project
Legislative Advocacy & Communications Associate 
Purpose: To orchestrate Washington, D.C.-based legislative efforts and online communications to broaden the scope of the Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project, and to deepen connections with D.C.-based organizations and Congress.
Contract Length: Consultant for 12 months
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Clinica Misional Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
Vicariato Apostolico de Zamora
Guadalupe, Provincia Zamora-Chinchipe
Ecuador, America del Sur

Contact: Padre Jorge Nigsch | email

Telephone : 01159373036566
Mission: The Clinica Misional Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is a rural health care center in southeastern Ecuador. It is located on the grounds of a Catholic Mission in the tropical cloud forest of the Oriente. It serves a culturally diverse impoverished indigenous population. The facility has examining rooms, dental suites with x-ray, an operating theater, pharmacy and basic laboratory. There is a hospital about one hour away. The clinic is staffed full time by an international multi faith group of medical volunteers. Primary care physicians are asked to serve at least one month and have remained for up to one year. Surgeons and other specialists come for two to six weeks as necessary, and are expected to be accompanied by whatever support personnel that they deem appropriate. Dentists and dental technicians visit for at least three weeks, and are welcome to stay longer. There are also opportunities for teaching in the schools and for mobile health fairs. Travel is not reimbursed but room and board are covered once at the venue, with volunteer residences overlooking the Andes. There is also an apartment for a family. A working knowledge of Spanish is essential. Please explore the website including postings by various volunteer professionals, photographs of the region, and descriptions of the community. If you are interested in serving at this remarkable facility contact Padre Jorge Nigsch. We currently have openings for primary care physicians and periodic openings for surgeons and specialists.
Respectfully submitted by: 
Serle M. Epstein, M.D., F.A.C.P. 
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine 
Private Practitioner of Internal Medicine and Primary Care

Eastern Mennonite Missions
Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), an evangelical Anabaptist mission agency committed to going where the church is...not yet and initiating movements to Jesus, seeks applicants for a health professional in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Village fellowships emerged here after EMM missionaries began work in 2005. Workers say, “Hunger for the gospel is amazing!” Work also includes development in agriculture, education, job creation, and most recently health services.
The following position is being sought for the Guinea-Bissau mission. The mission there also has a need for a short-term medical professional to serve from August 1-December 31, 2011. Additional personnel needs include agriculture, primary education and small scale entrepreneurship.
Medical Mission Worker
Location: Catel, Guinea-Bissau, 35 miles south of Ziguinchor, Senegal
Qualifications: RN, NP, PA, MPH, or MD
Term: commitment of at least two years, however short-term commitments will be considered
Brief description: assignment would include inaugurating the village well-being program of Christian Health Education (CHE), operating the village clinic, and training village health workers
Applicants are not required to be Mennonite but must affirm the Mennonite Confession of Faith. They need to be prepared to live a simple lifestyle at the mission center in the small village of Catel where amenities are minimal but adequate. Housing and utilities provided. Additional information and photos about the mission can be found at For a prospectus on the church's mission in Guinea-Bissau, click here.
Interested persons should contact Jimm DerksenApplications are available on the EMM website.
Liberian Healthcare Initiative
Liberian Healthcare Initiative, a CCIH affiliate, is seeking healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurses, or physician assistants, to go to Liberia for two to three months to train Liberian healthcare workers. This program is committed to the long-term rehabilitation of the health infrastructure and systems of the country. Some financial support may be available. Contact the Coordinator, Robert Peirce, Esquire, by email at or by phone at 1-800-543-9859.
LifeNet International 
LifeNet International (LN) is a not-for-profit organization that creates innovative solutions for the everyday health challenges facing East Africa's poor. LN recently launched our Conversion Franchise initiative for church-based clinics in Burundi, East Africa to dramatically improve clinical health outcomes. By year-end 2011, LN aims to partner with 20 church-based clinics throughout the country.

LN is currently searching for a Medical Director to lead the expansion of our Conversion Franchise initiative in Burundi. The ideal candidate is an extraordinary individual with the drive and ability to grow a small scale project into a nationwide network of significant impact. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated ability to improve clinical health outcomes, a commitment to live and work in a developing country, and fluency in French. Interested applicants should contact AJ Wilson.

Medical Teams International 

Medical Teams International is a nonprofit Christian Relief and Development Organization. To find more information about, and to apply for, the positions listed below, please visit the MTI website. 
              Disaster Response East Africa Program Manager
Portland, OR
Africa Program Manager
Allied Health Training Specialist
HIV & AIDS Advisor
Manager of Emergency Relief
Chicago, IL
Senior Development Officer
Redmond, WA
Development Officer II

Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Samaritan's Purse looks for motivated, competent, and qualified individuals whose educational and life skills meet their needs and who have a heart and passion for the Gospel and the ability to get a job done. SP is particularly interested in those who have third world experience. 
International Positions:
For more information and to apply for these positions, go to the website.  For additional information and questions, contact the International HR Manager.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Logistician, DR Congo (863)
Heavy Equipment Operators, Haiti (860)
Heavy Equipment-Fleet Mechanic, Haiti (871)
Program Coordinator (Water, Sanitation & Health) (919)
Program Manager (Water, Sanitation & Health) (880)

Country Director, Niger (988)
Program Development Officer, Niger (999)
Program Manager, Health and Nutrition, Niger (1004)

South Sudan
Area Coordinator, Unity State, South Sudan (980)
Emergency Relief Coordinator, South Sudan (1002)
Field Information Officer, South Sudan (971)
Logistician, South Sudan (990)
Program Manager, Food Assistance Project, South Sudan (989)
Program Manager, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, South Sudan (658)
Research Officer, South Sudan (1000)
Program Manager, Maternal Child Health, Uganda (972)
Program Manager, Operations, Karamoja, Uganda (983)
World Relief
Job Description/Functions: Director -- Quality and Design of Integrated Programs
This position replaces a previous position of Director of Program Quality for Social Development which supervised the technical offices for Health, Child Development, and Anti- trafficking programs. The focus of this position will be on the design of the integrated programming model and providing technical assistance and supervising the technical personnel providing the technical assistance for the program offices and helping field programs to move their programs along under that model. Key Work Areas: Lead the organizational effort to create the holistic integrated program model defined above, lead and supervise the technical team personnel that will be working under this model as their primary focus, facilitate/provide tools, training and support for field offices to migrate their programs to this model, the design and implementation of the appropriate program and fund raising metrics, monitoring and evaluation indicators and system for this model to work, grant proposal writing and development.
We are looking for someone who has an intersection of three profiles: 1) solid technical credentials (Masters level or above) and experience in a health or social development field, 2) significant years of experience in an international field setting in transformational community development programs with some level of rigor, outreach, and program quality within a whole gospel context (some of the programs carried out by Missions Moving Mountains or World Neighbors come to mind), and 3) someone with a background in theology or missiology that has worked in relief and development ministries.
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If interested, please visit their recruitment webpage | view 
Other employment/intern/volunteer sources
  • Accord maintains a list of openings (many of whom are CCIH members) | view here
  • Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) maintains a job page on its website | view here
  • Helping Overseas Directory, constantly updated list of all types of information on overseas opportunities, maintained by CCIH member Bruce Carr | view here
  • Philanthropy News Digest view here
  • The CORE Group maintains a list of openings | view here
  • The Global Health Council lists current job openings and internship opportunities within the GHC and for its member organizations; job searchers can also post their resumes on the site | view here
  • University Coalitions for Global Health s an excellent source of information for students | view here
  •, a CCIH affiliate, is an online platform for skilled professionals from multiple disciplines to register, create, and post personal profiles and resumes; receive e-mail alerts on African employment opportunities; and obtain free career advice and skills improvement training.

Program Associate, Communication | Long-term Volunteer
Purpose: To facilitate the achievement of the goals and objectives of the organisation in conceptualising and designing training packages, maintaining website, collection of information and dissemination, publications, and responsible for planning and development of training materials, designing and producing of charts, posters, etc.
Program Associate, Resources Mobilisation
Purpose: To facilitate the achievement of the goal of the organisation in designing the proposal writing and support reporting of projects undertaken by the organisation. Documentation of important documents, establishing and maintaining close partnership with government agencies, NGOs working in HIV and AIDS, etc.
General expectations: Education, University level. Language, English; Religion: Born again Christian with church affiliations; Age: 20+; Gender: Any sex; Work place: New Delhi; Candidates may be from any part of the globe who have a commitment for more than six months. 
To apply or for more information, please email CANA or the Executive Director.
Life Builders Ministries International is seeking medical staff with short term or long term commitments to serve in the 80-bed hospital that will be opened to the public before the end of the year. It is located in Lagos, Nigeria, and Life Builders will provide accommodations and food for all short-term team members. For more information or to offer your services as a volunteer, please contact Rev. Emmanuel Ogunyemi, Ph.D. at 
Several CCIH members & affiliates specialize in providing information about volunteer opportunities for students, healthcare professionals and others: 
Clinica Misional Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (also contact Padre Jorge Nigsch) | view
IDEAS | view
International Medical Relief | view
Living Passages | view
Medical Mission Exchange | view
Organizational members and affiliates in the CCIH Network advertise employment, intern and volunteer opportunities on their websites | view


Our current network:  members | affiliates
New Organizational Members:
  • Christian HIV and AIDS Network of Liberia, Liberia | web
  • Malagasy Christian AIDS Network, Madagascar | web
  • Country Christian AIDS Network, Burkina Faso | web
  • Church of Forum on HIV and AIDS , Swaziland | web
  • PACANet USA (headquartered in Kampala, this is the US branch) | web
  • Okaalet & Associates, Limited, Kenya | web 
  • Africa Against AIDS, DR Congo
  • International Aid, Michigan | web
  • SANRU NGO, DR Congo | web
  • Shaffaf Christian Communications Trust, Pakistan & Australia | web
  • Korean American Missions Health Conference, California | web
New Affiliate Organizations:
  • International Health Partners US & TZ | web
  • Globalpad Partnership for African Development, Inc., Indiana | web


CCIH recognizes that prayer is vital to our work and ministry and to the work and ministry of our members as well as all those working in international health. We invite you to use this monthly prayer calendar to pray with us about our work, the work of our members and the needs of the world. Please copy and distribute it freely. The Prayer Calendar is also available on the CCIH homepage from the first day of every month. To receive the Prayer Calendar by email at the beginning of each month, subscribe to the CCIH-NEWS listserv.
We encourage suggestions for prayer points for next month's prayer calendar. Please contact CCIH  
December 2011 Prayer Calendar | view
Index of past Prayer Calendars | view
Prayer Requests webpage | view


Most of the events listed here relate specifically to the faith community. Others are opportunities for Christians to be present in a wider gathering and to raise their voices as they participate. These events are listed not only to inform you of the opportunities but also to invite you to pray about them.  
November 29-December 2, 2011-  International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices  (Dakar, Senegal)
This conference will bring together participants to share research, best practices, and progress on national strategies to deliver family planning services. It will examine cutting edge research and programs that are helping to advance the health and wealth of families and nations worldwide. The Conference is co-sponsored by over 30 international organizations including USAID, UNFPA, WHO, World Bank and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This 2011 conference follows a successful conference in November 2009 in Kampala, Uganda.
Click here to download the list of events that CCIH is involved in at this conference.

November 30 - December 3, 2011 - Accelerating a Grassroots Church Movement for a Sustainable HIV and AIDS Response – 4th PACANet Pre-ICASA Conference 

PACANet (Pan African Christian AIDS Network) is organizing a Christian Pre-Conference to ICASA (see next item). This will be the 4th such event that PACANet has organized. The purpose of the Pre-Conference is to gather the Christian community ahead of the international conference to discuss and explore the issues that will be debated during the international conference from a Christian perspective. During the pre-conference participants will review the progress of the Church’s response to HIV and AIDS in Africa, renew the Christian community’s resolve to own and scale-up Church responses, and chart a road-map for a sustainable way forward.
Information on the PACANet Pre-ICASA pre-conference can be found on the event website.
December 4-8, 2011 - ICASA. International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa 2011 (Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
The ICASA 2011 theme is Own, Scale-Up and Sustain. ICASA provides a forum for exchange of experiences and lessons learnt in Africa and around the globe in responding to HIV, AIDS and STIs. It also enables consolidation of experiences gained in making evidence based -informed responses to HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa, i.e. knowing the epidemic, its driving factors and responding accordingly in the context of Africa. The conference expects to welcome more than 10,000 delegates from around the world working in the fields of HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB & Malaria.
Click here for the conference brochure. 

February 2-4, 2012 - Yearning for Justice, Learning in Love: A Dialogue on Fear & Hope (Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan) 

CCIH will once again be participating in the Faith & International Development Conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference, completely student-run, focuses on the education and fellowship of undergraduate students from across the country. Speakers from all over the world are brought in to teach, and organizations like CCIH are able to share their activities and programs with interested students. CCIH has historically been involved with this conference, as it was in 2006 that several students from Calvin were inspired at the CCIH Annual Conference to begin their own student-led conference.
The list of 2012 speakers | view
Theme & description | view
Schedule | view

April 23-27, 2011 - World Federation of Public Health Associations' 13th Triennial World Congress on Public Health (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

The Congress will convene leaders in public health from across the globe to discuss the major opportunities and threats in realizing global health equity. Additionally, the Congress will harness innovations, expertise and experiences from both developing and developed countries. It will address the enormous challenges and opportunities facing public health organizations worldwide in making progress towards collectively attaining global health equity. Visit the website
To submit an abstract, click here. The International Scientific Committee is also accepting proposals for session abstracts. To submit a proposal for a scientific session, email Vina HuLamm at for more information. The deadline for all submissions is Oct. 21 at midnight PDT. CCIH encourages its members to participate actively in these global health conferences.
July 18-21, 2012 - Setting Priorities and Finding Linkages: 39th Annual International Conference on Global Health
The Global Health Council has announced the 39th Annual International Conference on Global Health, taking place on 18-21 July at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
For more information, click here.
July 20-21, 2012 - Interfaith Pre-Conference to 2012 International AIDS Conference 
Planning is now underway for the Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV to be held just prior the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC2012)  will take place in Washington, DC in July 2012. The Pre-Conference will be July 20-21 and the IAC will be July 22-27. (see calendar below for information on the IAC)
The theme for the Interfaith Pre-Conference is Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice. It will be held at Howard University in Washington, DC and will begin with a networking reception on July 19. As in previous years, the Pre-Conference and the faith-based participation in IAC2012 is being assisted and publicized by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA).
The EAA notes that “The faith-based response to HIV and AIDS has become more visible and integrated because of the increased engagement and coordination of faith-based representatives over the past four International AIDS Conferences. It is vital that the facilitation of such faith-based participation continues to grow and be built upon in the run-up to and during AIDS 2012”. Please plan to support and, if possible, attend both the Interfaith Pre-Conference and IAC2012 so that the faith-based voice will become even more visible at this important event.
Stay up-to-date with the latest faith-based news on both events by subscribing to the EAA’s IAC 2012 listserv. Contact Becky Johnson, HIV and AIDS Campaign Consultant, to be added to the list. 
July 22-27, 2012 - AIDS 2012: 19th International AIDS Conference (Washington, DC)
The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV. AIDS 2012 is expected to convene more than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including more than 2,000 journalists.
Abstract submission, exhibition applications and registration will open on December 1, 2011.
For more information, click here.
For an extensive list of conferences of interest to or about medical missions (or to give notice about an upcoming conference) visit the website of CCIH Affiliate, Medical Mission Exchange.


Global Fund Cancels Round 11 Funding Cycle, Establishes Transitional Funding Mechanism | read article

Upcoming Application Deadlines
CCIH welcomes information leading to new and varied sources of funding to share with its membership. 
USAID/Uganda RFA: USAID/Uganda Literacy and Health Education Program
Closing Date for Applications:  December 16, 2011
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-617-12-000001
Expected number of awards:  1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
The Literacy Program is a 5-year program to improve the quality of education in Uganda, with an emphasis on addressing early grade reading, health and HIV/AIDS education, and the availability and use of high-quality EMIS data for education sector decision-making.
For more information, click here.
USAID Guatemala RFA: Community Nutrition and Health Care Project
Closing Date for Applications: December 19, 2011
Funding Opportunity Number: USAID-GUATEMALA-520-11-000004
Expected number of awards: 1
Award Ceiling: $32,000,000
Award Floor: $27,000,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
The goal of the CNHC Project is to improve the nutrition and health status of women and children in underserved rural communities of the Guatemalan Western Highlands while also strengthening local GOG structures and systems to provide quality nutrition, family planning and health care services in hard-to reach communities.
For more information, click here.
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO): Call for Fellowship Applications for Fistula Surgery Training
Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2011
This is an opportunity for dedicated physicians to acquire the knowledge, skills and professionalism needed to prevent obstetric fistula and provide proper surgical, medical and psychosocial care to women who have incurred fistula, whether during childbirth or because of inflicted trauma.  The trainee will follow a step-wise program, progressing from theory to practice. The curriculum will be based around the Global Competency-Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual (2011), a standardized training manual modeled on the principles of competency-based training and performance-based assessments.
For more information, click here
USAID Nigeria (Abuja) RFA: Scale-Up of Care and Support Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Selected States in Nigeria
Closing Date for Applications:  January 06, 2012
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-620-11-012
Expected number of awards: 2
Estimated Total Program Funding: $65,000,000
Award Ceiling: $32,500,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
For more information, click here.
USAID Ukraine RFA: Improved HIV/AIDS Services among Most-at-Risk Populations (MARPs) in Ukraine
Closing Date for Applications:  January 11, 2012
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-121-11-000003
Expected number of awards:  1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
USAID/Ukraine is supporting this 5 year project to reduce HIV transmission among most-at-risk populations (MARPs) through state of the art HIV/AIDS services delivered by Ukrainian organizations. These services include a range of behavioral, biomedical, and structural HIV/AIDS activities, community- and facility-based services, and communications. The project will provide technical assistance to national and local Ukrainian organizations to improve MARP’s access to and use of HIV/AIDS services, with a focus on HIV prevention.
For more information, click here.
USAID RFA: Request for Applications for Title II Development Food Aid Programs
Closing Date for Applications:  February 03, 2012
Funding Opportunity Number:  FFP-FY-12-0001
Expected number of awards:  6
Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Award Ceiling: $15,000,000
Award Floor: $2,000,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
This RFA provides information on funding opportunities for multi-year, development food aid programs. Note that assistance made available pursuant to this RFA may be used to meet emergency/exceptional circumstances as provided in accordance with the terms of those awards and 22 C.F. R. 211.5(o). Subject to the availability of funds and commodities, under this RFA, FFP plans to enter into awards for the following countries: • Guatemala – Up to two awards for a total of approximately $15 million in the first year. • Niger – Up to two awards for a total of approximately $15 million in the first year. • Uganda – Up to two awards for a total of approximately $15-20 million in the first year.
For more information, click here.
NIH/PEPFAR RFA - NIH/PEPFAR Collaboration for Advancing Implementation Science in Prevention of Maternal-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) (R01)
Closing Date for Applications:  February 28, 2012    
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-HD-12-210 
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,350,000 
Funding Instrument type: Grant
The NIH, in collaboration with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, invites applications for implementation science projects that will inform the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as they develop more efficient and cost-effective methods to deliver proven interventions for prevention of maternal-child HIV transmission (PMTCT).
For more information, click here
CDC RFA: Research Technical Assistance To The Ministry Of Public Health Of Haiti To Support Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Cholera And HIV/AIDS Response
Closing Date for Applications:  March 15, 2012   
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-GH-12-003
Expected number of awards:  1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
The purpose is to provide technical assistance and support to Haiti’s Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population MSPP) in its post-earthquake and post-cholera response for the implementation of surveillance surveys and evaluation projects for public health decision making. This RFA will also allow technical assistance and research activities and evaluations to respond to other diseases that may occur during the project period.
For more information, click here.
USAID Tanzania APS – Girls Empowerment and Innovations in Youth, Reproductive Health, and Family Planning, and Service Outreach
Closing Date for Applications:  March 31, 2012    
Funding Opportunity Number: USAID-TANZANIA-11-007-APS
Expected number of awards: 10
Estimated Total Program Funding: $23,000,000 
Award Ceiling: $14,000,000 
Award Floor: $40,000 
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement, Grant
This APS is open only to locally registered Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The goal of this APS is to support the conditions that will enable girls and women to achieve positive social and economic outcomes. This will be achieved through four focus areas that support systemic cross-cutting approaches and strengthen catalytic change agents.
For more information, click here.
USAID Afghanistan APS: Public Private Innovative Development Initiative
Closing Date for Applications: October 31, 2012
Funding Opportunity Number:  APS-306-12-013
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,500,000
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
This Annual Program Statement solicits applications from prospective private sector partners to assist in carrying out priority development programs (economic stability and growth, food security and health to be addressed through programs such as economic growth, agriculture, water supply/quality, workforce development, education) by complementing the existing activities of the USAID in Afghanistan. There is a special interest in partnerships targeting underserved populations (particularly women and youth) and communities as program beneficiaries.
For more information, click here.

AHRQ FOA: Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality Through Health Information Technology (IT) (R03)

Closing Date for Applications: Nov 16, 2012 (REVISED DEADLINE) 
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-08-268
Estimated Total Program Funding: not identified 
Funding Instrument type: Grant
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support a wide variety of research designs in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care through the implementation and use of health IT. These designs include: small pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; secondary data analysis of health IT research; and economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of health IT implementation and use. Through economic analyses estimates of health IT implementation and use costs and benefits will be generated.
For more information, click here.

AHRQ FOA: Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality Through Information Technology (IT) (R21) 

Closing Date for Applications: Nov 16, 2012 (REVISED DEADLINE)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-08-269
Award Ceiling: $200,000 
Funding Instrument type: Grant 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health IT implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive health IT implementation research.
For more information, click here.
Ashoka Changemakers/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders
Deadline for Applications: February 13, 2013
Early Entry Prize: Apply by December 12, 2011 to be eligible to win US $500 and one of two private consulting sessions with industry experts.
Number of Awards: 3
Maximum Award: $10,000
Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio are seeking cutting-edge health care solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and health care.
For more information, click here
USAID APS - Implementation Science Research to Support Programs under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Closing Date for APS: September 15, 2013
Closing Date for Concept Papers: Second Round: September 15, 2012; Third Round: September 15, 2013
Funding Opportunity Number: APS-OAA-11-000002
Expected number of awards: 40
Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,000,000 
Award Ceiling: $ 3,000,000 
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement
The purpose of this APS is to announce plans to fund a limited number of awards to address gaps in the evidence base for improved HIV/AIDS programming including research on effective interventions and models of effective, efficient implementation; as well as approaches for adopting and integrating programs, technologies and guidelines for optimal, timely effect and impact.
For more information, click here.

No Deadline Applications
The opportunities below list no deadline, or may have reached a new funding cycle so it is worthwhile to look them over.
USAID APS: Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) 
Closing Date for Concept papers: This APS has an open-ended closing date. See announcement for current details.  
Funding Opportunity Number: M-OAA-GH-POP-10-001
Estimated Total Program Funding: $120,000,000
Award Ceiling: $40,000,000
Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement, Grant 

The purpose of this APS is to support increased capacity among international family planning (FP) organizations, in order to increase the availability of quality FP services worldwide. This APS provides prospective applicants with a fair opportunity to develop and submit applications to USAID for potential funding. If an award is made under this APS, implementing partners will be supported to enhance their capacity to manage and scale up family planning interventions worldwide and in specific targeted country settings. 

For more information, go to 
click here.
Rockefeller Foundation
 Closing Date for Applications: There is no deadline
The Rockefeller Foundation welcomes ideas for possible funding on a continual basis. The foundation seeks to promote the well-being of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. It looks for high-impact ideas that have the potential to make a difference in the lives of large numbers of poor or vulnerable people. The foundation requires some results from such ideas to be measurable within three to five years. 

For more information on the foundation, visit the 
website and the grants section
W. K. Kellogg Foundation 
Closing Date for Applications: There is no deadline 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to apply knowledge to solve the problems of people. Its founder W.K. Kellogg, the cereal industry pioneer, established the Foundation in 1930. Since its beginning the Foundation has continuously focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to solve their own problems. Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Most grants are awarded in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven southern Africa countries including Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. 

For more information, go to the Kellogg 
Elton John AIDS Foundation
EJAF was formed primarily to look after the needs of people with HIV/AIDS living in the UK. It was opened in the US in 1992. Collectively, the two organizations have raised over $220 million since inception in support of projects in 55 countries around the world.
EJAF-UK focuses on programs in Africa, Asia, and Europe and funds programs that help to alleviate the physical, emotional and financial hardship of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS. The foundation sates its goals for a particular country and invites proposals which address those goals. For more information, go to
EJAF-US awards grants to community-based projects in the Americas (Canada, US, Central & South America) and the Caribbean and funds educational programs targeted at HIV/AIDS prevention (particularly for persons practicing high risk behavior), the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals, and for programs that provide services to people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. It has three grant-making cycles a year, the third of which is an open Request for Proposals (RFP) for which EJAF invites unsolicited grant applications. The on-line RFP for the December 2010 open cycle is now closed. The December 2011 cycle will open in September 2011. For more information, go to

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In the past several months, we have been able to:
  • Co-sponsor several events in the Washington, D.C. area in partnership with key global health organizations surrounding issues of maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and advocacy
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  • Help the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health assess why FBOs were not applying for USAID funding and offer suggestions on procurement and contracting procedures for improved collaboration
  • Point out to the head of PEPFAR the importance of engaging FBOs for an effective AIDS program in the DR Congo
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