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Learn more about the intersection of faith and global health. Visit CCIH's Faith Groups and Global Health section under Resources to see a series of recent webinars conducted by CCIH member Samaritan's Purse on a variety of topics in global health and the work of faith-based organizations; an interview with CCIH member John Donnelly sharing his perspectives on faith communities from his travels in Africa; a report by CCIH affiliate World Faiths Development Dialogue on global health and research priorities; and more. |  View Faith Groups and Global Health 
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 02 September 2013 12:39 )
 
Spotlight on South Sudan Print {sharethis label=}
A woman in South Sudan has a one in seven chance of dying in childbirth. Joy Mukaire, executive director of the Christian Health Association of Sudan (CHAS), shares her perspective on why so many women are dying and what can be done to address the high maternal mortality rate in the nation in the latest addition to CCIH's Voices from the Global South series. 
 
According to Mukaire, there are a number of factors keeping women from planning pregnancies at times that would be optimal for their health, a critical strategy in reducing maternal deaths. | Read the story
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 29 July 2013 18:54 )
 
Annual Conference Coverage Print {sharethis label=}
For Amy Hewitt of International Aid in Spring Lake, Mich., this year’s CCIH Annual Conference was an opportunity to network and learn, but it was also spiritually rewarding, helping her stay connected to other Christians working in global health. “Networking with people actively working in international health is what I find most valuable at the CCIH conference,” said Hewitt. “I open myself to the direction of the Spirit and am always amazed by the people I meet and the enduring connections.” Although this was only her second CCIH conference, according to Hewitt, it has quickly become one of the best conferences she attends. “It lifts my spirits, is informative, has relevant topics and keeps me connected,” she said.
 
This year’s conference was held June 7-10 at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, USA. It attracted attendees from 16 nations across the globe. One of those international registrants was Viateur Kalinda of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda’s Remera Rukoma Hospital in Kamonyi. “What I found most valuable was listening to the experiences of the speakers and talking with attendees from other faith-based organizations who have similar experiences as my organization,” said Kalinda. 
 
The theme of the conference was Gender, Health and Development: A Christian Perspective, and many of the sessions focused on the potential of the faith community to address the problem of gender-based violence and other factors harming the health of women, girls and entire families. In the opening plenary, a panel of speakers from the U.S. government shared how their organizations address gender and health issues and interact with faith-based organizations. 
 
Daniela Ligiero, senior advisor for gender, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, discussed the importance of the faith community in addressing gender issues in her organization. “It is refreshing to have you focus on gender because there is such an important role for the faith community to play. The faith community has helped to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS in a way no other group can,” said Ligiero. “There is still so much silence surrounding gender-based and sexual violence and the next horizon is learning from what we’ve accomplished with the faith-based community and HIV/AIDS and translating that to gender-based violence.”
 
A number of concurrent sessions throughout the conference also addressed Christian responses to gender-based violence. 
 
 
 
 
 
Above photos: Students and young professionals at the CCIH Conference; Daniela Ligiero, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; and John Donnelly, communications advisor to the World Bank President discussing methods of lifting up the stories of those working in global health. 
Last Updated ( Monday, 22 July 2013 12:55 )
 
Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit Launched Print {sharethis label=}
The ability for families to space pregnancies at intervals that are healthy and enable parents to have the number of children they can support saves lives. With this in mind, CCIH is committed to advocating for access to family planning information and services for families across the globe.
 
Many CCIH members provide family planning services consistent with the faith of the families they serve. To help others advocate for family planning, CCIH worked with the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at Johns Hopkins University to develop a Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit. 
 
The toolkit contains information and tools to help advocates, donors, policy makers, champions, program managers and others share the message of the importance of family planning as a critical strategy in improving maternal and child health. CCIH's primary contribution to the toolkit was the inclusion of resources to help advocates work with religious leaders and strengthen the capacity of those faith leaders to reach their communities with important messages on family planning.
 
The toolkit was launched on July 11, 2013  in connection with World Population Day and the first anniversary of the 2012 London Family Planning Summit. | Access the Toolkit

(Photo courtesy of K4Health) 
 
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 July 2013 18:26 )
 
Advocacy Day 2013 Inspires and Informs Print {sharethis label=}
 
“It was a wonderful experience to be part of my first CCIH Advocacy Day,” said Jack Walsh of Children’s Medical Ministries. “As people of conscience, we should make our voices heard.” Thirty-seven CCIH Annual Conference attendees participated in CCIH’s Third Annual Advocacy Day on June 10, 2013, visiting 33 offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
 
According to Walsh, it was inspiring to see so many CCIH members, some from very far away, come together for the common purpose of educating elected representatives on the critical need to preserve foreign assistance in this time of budget cuts. “Our members of Congress really do take notice when they see a wide array of faith-based organizations speak with one voice,” said Walsh. “I think their staff members appreciated hearing first-hand from our African members, who shared powerful testimony on the great improvements in health care in their countries, and the direct relationship between U.S. foreign assistance and those improvements.”
 
Walsh said he considered it a great privilege to escort participants from other countries around the Congressional buildings. “As they walked those ‘corridors of power’ and took in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Library of Congress buildings, they were truly moved,” he said. “It was very important for them to get pictures, even when we were being soaked in a pouring rain! I was very inspired by them; they are committed Christians who make a difference in peoples' lives. You do truly know them by their love.”
 
(Jack Walsh is shown third from the left in above photo of the CCIH delegation visiting the office of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.)
 
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2013 13:39 )
 
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