FBO Consultation at Family Planning Summit Print {sharethis label=}

Faith Groups Strategize on Barriers Facing FBOs in Family Planning

The Family Planning Summit held last week in London organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development resulted in the achievement of the stated goal to secure commitments to provide voluntary family planning services to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest nations by 2020.  

In addition to securing these commitments, the summit was an opportunity for people of faith to gather and address two main barriers preventing faith-based organizations from being leveraged to their full potential and reach vulnerable communities with family planning services. Capitalizing on the July 11 summit, CCIH initiated a consultation in London on faith and family planning held the following day, which attracted 41 people — including representatives from Christian, Muslim and secular organizations.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 July 2012 21:33 )
CCIH's David Olson Published in Washington Post Print {sharethis label=}

A piece by CCIH board member David Olson appeared in the On Faith section of the Washington Post on the eve of the July 11 Family Planning Summit organized by the Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development. In a guest opinion, Faith-based Organizations To Make New Commitments at London Family Planning Summit, Mr. Olson reported that faith leaders will have a presence at the summit and will meet to discuss plans for mobilizing the faith community to work with governments, donors and other secular partners to bring family planning back as a major force in maternal, child and community health, after being down-played for two decades. In the piece, Richard Cizik, of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, asks pro-life Christians to support family planning as a way to reduce abortions. | View the full article 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 July 2012 18:29 )
CCIH Initiates Faith-Based Discussion at the London Family Planning Summit Print {sharethis label=}

CCIH initiated a consultation of faith-based organizations to be held the day after the high-level Family Planning Summit organized by the UK Department of International Development and the Gates Foundation in London on July 11. CCIH Executive Director Ray Martin was invited to attend the summit by the organizers, highlighting the vital role of the faith community in promoting and providing health services across the globe. Leaders from around the world will be committing to expanding efforts to provide family planning information and services to those who are not presently reached. CCIH plans to expand the dialogue about the role faith-based organizations can play in advocacy and programs to increase family planning services at the July 12 meeting of FBOs.

The July 12 meeting is open to anyone, including participants in the Family Planning Summit, both faith-based and anyone wanting to dialogue and partner with faith-based organizations. The goals of the meeting of faith-based organizations are to discuss the importance of involvement of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in family planning, share how organizations approach family planning to be acceptable in their respective organizations and faith communities, report on some actual family planning programs of faith-based organizations, discuss approaches to faith community advocacy for global family planning in ways acceptable to religious communities, and discuss next steps for faith-based organization involvement in both family planning advocacy and programming.

A piece by Lauren VanEnk of CCIH affiliate, the Institute for Reproductive Health, appeared on K4Health about the opportunity provided by the summit to further the efforts of many in the faith community to show the support of people of faith for family planning and the role of faith-based organizations in family planning services and advocacy. View The London Summit: A Gold Moment for Faith-Based Organizations Working in Family Planning? | View Faith Community Statement of Support for the Summit

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 July 2012 09:18 )
CCIH's Pauline Muchina Honored by UMC, Appears on CBS News Print {sharethis label=}

CCIH Board Member Dr. Pauline Muchina recently appeared on a CBS news program, HIV & AIDS: Awareness & Compassion, as a result of her work to fight HIV/AIDS and the resulting stigma. Dr. Muchina was a 2012 recipient of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Leadership Award at a ceremony in May in Tampa, Fla. The awards are presented by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee to people and churches that have demontrated outstanding leadership in providing education, prevention, care and treatment in the struggle to eliminate HIV/AIDS.

Three other honorees include Linda Bales Todd, Director of the Louise & Hugh Moore Population Project at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society; Bishop Ivan Abrahams of Johannesburg, South Africa, newly elected World Methodist Council General Secretary; and Dr. Kent Millard, retired senior pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Pauline is Senior Partnerships Advisor for UNAIDS. View the CBS News program 

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 July 2012 16:01 )
CCIH Conference 2012 Print {sharethis label=}

This year's CCIH conference, held June 8-10 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., attracted approximately 150 global health professionals and students from across the globe, including Africa, India, South America, Canada and the U.S.  

We focused on a variety of topics in 16 sessions, including the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases related to lifestyle and how faith communities can play a vital role in mitigating this growing trend; Christian innovations in HIV prevention and care; gender relations; family planning; nutrition; technology in global health; and more. Attendees included professionals with decades of experience in global health along with students and young professionals just starting their careers. (Pictured above)     

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:32 )
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