MAMA Project Print

Hope for Malnourished Children in Honduras 

In August, the MAMA Project sent teams of volunteers to rural villages in Honduras to provide care for people who have little or no access to medical services. The MAMA Project is a Christian organization and CCIH member based in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania in the U.S. Each year, the organization sends between 15 to 18 teams of physicians, nurses, dentists and translators to Honduras, and has already sent approximately 200 volunteers this year.
“We travel to areas where people have to walk one to two hours to get to a clinic,” explains Amanda Sagastume, Program Coordinator for the MAMA Project. “We often find children with malnutrition, intestinal parasites and asthma, and adults with high blood pressure. People do not have the money to get the care that they need.” 
Volunteer Stacey Kenny is shown above with a child at a MAMA Project Nutrition Center in August 2015. 
Malnutrition is a major problem for children in Honduras. The MAMA Project operates Nutrition Centers where malnourished children can be treated and mothers can learn how to improve nutrition. 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:20 )
USAID Partner Vetting System Print
CCIH partnered with the Accord Network to host a call September 10 with USAID representatives to help faith-based organizations learn about the agency's new Partner Vetting System (PVS). 
PVS went into effect on July 27, 2015 to support the vetting of individuals and directors, officers or other principal employees of non-governmental organizations that apply for USAID contracts, grants, cooperative agreements or other funding, and of NGOs that apply for registration with USAID as private and voluntary organizations. The PVS database will collect personal, financial, biographical, employment, and educational information. 
See USAID Powerpoint Presentation about PVS
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 18:07 )
Annual Conference Print
The CCIH 29th Annual Conference, held June 26-28 in Arlington, VA, USA, attracted 186 attendees from 16 nations, the highest attendance since the conferences began 30 years ago. Attendees ranged from students and recent graduates to CEOs, with four times as many students and CEOs attending in 2015 than attended the conference in 2014. 
Christian fellowship has always been one of the highlights of the CCIH Conference. “In past years I have been privileged to participate in a number of CCIH conferences,” said Dick Stellway, PhD, Facilitator for the Children, AIDS and Adversity Forum with Community Vision International, a ministry serving people with disabilities. “The opportunity to meet and learn from and fellowship with Christians who have dedicated their lives to serving others is always a high point for me.  This year’s conference once again ‘filled this bill’—right from the start.” See more about the conference
Shown above is Linda Funke of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Photo: Javier Pierrend


Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 August 2015 13:05 )
Religious Leaders Support Family Planning Print
In this video interview Dr. Mwai Makoka, Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Malawi explains why religious leaders support family planning to protect the health of mothers and children, and why their support is so critical to the success of family planning programs.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:19 )
Advocates Visit Capitol Hill Print
Christian Global Health Advocates Visit Capitol Hill
On June 29, 2015, 25 advocates from 11 different nations visited Capitol Hill to express their appreciation for U.S. support for global health programs, and share their experiences regarding the critical role faith groups play in health around the globe. Advocates came from Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and the U.S and visited 10 offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
New CCIH member Wilhelm Stoker of Hope Tech Global said he enjoyed working as a team with others to engage the U.S. government. Dr. Samuel Mwenda of the Christian Health Association of Kenya, who has visited legislators on Capitol Hill a number of times, also found it rewarding.  “I have come home more knowledgeable and greatly inspired to push on the vision towards universal health for all in Africa,” he said.
Pictured above (from left to right) are Diana Tsara of Liberty University, Patience Flomo of Afro-Medical Community Health and Welfare Service in Liberia, Taylor Silva of the office of Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mirfin Mpundu of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network in Kenya, Emily Godswill from Nigeria, and Sallie Craig Huber from Massachusetts, USA. 
Sharing the Role of Faith Communities in Global Health
CCIH coordinated a briefing with the offices of Congressman Dave Reichert and Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Global Health Caucus that was held at lunch time on the day the advocates visited Congressional offices. The briefing was on The Role of Faith Communities in Improving Maternal and Child Health and attracted more than 100 attendees representing a variety of offices in the U.S. House and Senate, along with faith-based and other organizations. It was co-sponsored with CCIH by IMA World Health, SANRU and World Vision.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:45 )
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