2016 Issues & Actions

 

  • CCIH Signs Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump on Foreign Assistance | December 2016 | CCIH joined faith-based organizations and people of faith in signing a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump expressing the support of the faith community for protection of the vulnerable and foreign assistance from the U.S. The letter points out the small percentage (less than 1%) of the U.S. Federal Budget that is dedicated to foreign assistance and the extraordinary, lifesaving success of programs such as PEPFAR. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letters to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Maternal, Child Health | October 2016 | CCIH joined 31 organizations working in global health in signing letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee urging strong support for Maternal and Child Health, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF in the FY 2017 budget. | Letter to the House | Letter to the Senate
  • CCIH Signs Letter to USAID Urging Action to Protect Mothers and Children from Second-Hand Tobacco | September 2016 | CCIH joined 24 organizations working in global health in signing a letter to the USAID Assistant Administrator in the Bureau of Global Health urging the agency to take steps to mitigate the health effects of tobacco use. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letter Calling for Increases in Funding Support for Nutrition | September 2016 | CCIH joined a number of nongovernmental organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees for State and Foreign Operations urging an increase in support for funding of the nutrition sub-account in the global health programs account to combat global malnutrition, especially in children. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letter to Support Reach Act to Improve Maternal and Child Health | June 2016 | CCIH joined faith-based organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. Congress to advocate in support of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, which aims to accelerate U.S. efforts in partnerships with country governments and the private sector to end preventable maternal and child deaths by the year 2035. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letter to Support Base and OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations) Levels for 2017 SFOPS | April 2016 | CCIH joined 26 other faith-based organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations urging robust support for 302(b) funding allocations for fiscal year 2017. The letter explains that robust funding from the base account is important for on-the-ground agencies to plan effective programs and build sustainable partnerships to successfully address poverty, violent conflict, and disease. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letter to Support Robust Funding for International Relief and Development | February 2016 | CCIH joined 33 other faith-based organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations urging robust funding for international humanitarian, global health, poverty-focused development and peace-building assistance programs in Fiscal Year 2017. The organizations express their desire to end extreme poverty and promote the dignity of human life. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Joins People of Faith in Signing Letter Supporting Healthy Timing & Spacing of Pregnancies | February 2016 | CCIH joined a number of Christians from the global health field, academia, the entertainment industry, and others in signing a letter sponsored by Hope Through Healing Hands urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representative Appropriations Committees to fund international family planning at the level requested by the President’s budget, as healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies protects the health of mothers and children. | See the Letter

 

2015 Issues & Actions

 

  • CCIH Signs Letter Supporting International Family Planning | November 2015 | CCIH joined a number of faith–based organizations and people of faith in signing a letter sponsored by Hope Through Healing Hands urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representative Appropriations Committees to fund international family planning at the level included in the Senate State Foreign Operations appropriations bill, as family planning protects the health of mothers and children by helping families safely time and space pregnancies. | See the Letter
  • The Role of Faith Communities in Improving Maternal and Child Health | CCIH Capitol Hill Briefing | June 29, 2015 | CCIH is organizing a briefing featuring Christian global health leaders discussing how their organizations protect the health of women and children through their maternal and child health programs. | See flyer and invitation
  • CCIH Signs Letter from Faith Organizations Supporting Poverty-Focused Development | June 4, 2015 | CCIH joined 24 other faith-based organizations in signing on to a letter to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees for State and Foreign Operations advocating for robust funding for international humanitarian poverty-focused development programs. | See the Letter
  • CCIH Participates in “Take Stock” Initiative | CCIH is advocating to reduce stockouts of family planning commodities by participating in the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) “Take Stock” initiative to raise awareness of the need for a secure supply of commodities for the health of women. | More information about the initiative | See CCIH Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letters from Faith Organizations to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees | April 2015 | CCIH signed on to letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees urging funding for maternal and child health, nutrition, and family planning programs in the U.S. 2016 federal budget. | House Letter | Senate Letter
  • CCIH Signs Letter from 24 Faith Organizations to the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Commitee Supporting Robust Funding of Global Health Programs | CCIH signed on to a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee urging robust funding for critical international assistance, humanitarian and global health programs in the 2016 U.S. federal budget. | View Letter

 

2014 Issues & Actions

 

  • CCIH Signs Letter Urging U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to Support Maternal/Child Health | CCIH signed on to a letter coordinated by the Faith-Based Coalition of Hope Through Healing Hands thanking members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations committee for their leadership in support of maternal and child health programs and to urge them to protect funding for these programs, including those that fund healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies as they finalize the 2015 appropriations bills. | View Letter
  • CCIH Joins Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide | CCIH has endorsed the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, a campaign of Hope Through Healing Hands in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The coalition seeks to galvanize faith-based leaders and their constituencies around the issues of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) as well as healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies (HTSP) to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality. View the declaration
  • CCIH Joins FBOs in Supporting Poverty-Focused Development Assistance | October 2014 | CCIH joined 31 other faith-based organizations in signing onto a letter to appropriators expressing support for poverty-focused development assistance in the 2015 fiscal year budget. | View the Letter
  • CCIH Joins FBOs in Expressing Concern over Foreign Assistance | June 2014 | CCIH joined 14 other faith-based organizations in signing onto an interfaith letter to appropriators expressing our concern over the U.S. Senate’s low baseline allocation for the State, Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bill. | View the Letter
  • CCIH Joins FBOs in Expressing Support for Poverty-Focused Development Assistance | May 2014 | CCIH joined 31 other faith-based organizations of the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance in sending a letter to the U.S. Congress House of Appropriations Committee in support of poverty-focused development assistance. | View the letter
  • CCIH Joins FBOs in Expressing Appreciation to Appropriations Committee | March 2014 | CCIH joined 23 other faith-based organizations in signing on to a letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations expressing appreciation for supporting life-saving humanitarian and poverty-focused development programs in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package. The letter stated, “Due to your hard work and support, the FY 2014 budget provides over $24.1 billion in funding for poverty-focused development assistance accounts, an increase of roughly $800 million from FY 2013 enacted levels.” | View the full letter

 

2013 Issues & Actions

 

  • CCIH Joins FBOs in Supporting International Humanitarian Assistance | December 2013 | CCIH and 25 other organizations signed onto the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance’s letter to the U.S. House and Senate Members of Congress who serve on committees with jurisdiction over foreign policy issues. The letter urged support for international humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance programs, in order to protect and promote the dignity of all God’s children. | View the letter
  • CCIH Joins Faith Organizations in Support of Foreign Assistance | November 2013 | CCIH joined 35 other faith-based organizations in signing a letter urging the U.S. Congress to protect life-saving humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance in budget negotiations. | View the letter
  • CCIH Coordinates Faith Groups in Support of PEPFAR Stewardship | October 2013 | CCIH took the lead in mobilizing signatures for a faith-based organization sign on letter to send to Congressional leaders urging passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013. CCIH worked in cooperation with Shepherd Smith of the Institute for Youth Development, a CCIH affiliate, who drafted the letter. More than 70 FBOs signed the letter, which was circulated widely in Congress and among the AIDS advocacy community. | View the letter

  • Engaging Religious Leaders in Family Planning | Faith leaders are in a position to communicate important messages to their congregations, including information on health issues. In a briefing on Capitol Hill on September 13, 2013, Marie Stopes International., the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society, and the United Nations Foundation joined together to present a briefing on Capitol Hill on “The Emerging Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Family Planning Overseas.”

    In her remarks, Ellen Starbird, director, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID recognized CCIH’s efforts to mobilize faith communities in support of family planning. “One of our partners, Christian Connections for International Health, has been instrumental in providing strategy support to other USAID-funded projects as well as in supporting its global CCIH members who are working in family planning. CCIH is mobilizing faith-based groups around the world to raise the visibility of family planning programming and encourage government and donor support of family planning services,” said Starbird.

    Katey Zeh, project director of the Healthy Families Healthy Planet initiative of the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society also spoke at the event. “Family planning is sacred work,” said Zey. “It’s a right and responsibility of couples to determine the number of children they desire.”

  • CCIH Signs On to Letters Supporting Humanitarian Assistance and Poverty-Focused Development Accounts | September 2013 | CCIH joined 175 organizations in signing letters to foreign affairs staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The letters express support for protecting humanitarian assistance and poverty-focused development accounts in the International Affairs Budget throughout all upcoming budget negotiations. | View the Letter to the Senate |  View the Letter to the House

  • CCIH Endorses the Water for the World Act | August 2013 | The CCIH Board of Directors has endorsed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act reintroduced by Congressman Judge Ted Poe and Congressman Earl Blumenauer. The bill aims to improve the well-being, education, economic opportunity, safety and dignity of 2.5 million people in the world who live without a basic latrine every day. The bill is designed to improve USAID’s focus on the poorest of the poor and the countries and communities suffering most from water-related diseases, like undernutrition and pneumonia, and to use current funding for water, sanitation and hygiene more effectively. | View an infographic from World Water Day to learn more
  • Sample Opinion Pieces on Support for Global Health and Importance of Men in Family Health (Download PDF) | Advocating on behalf of others in need is an important part of CCIH’s mission. To help you submit a letter or opinion piece to a publication, CCIH has prepared two samples: one addresses support for U.S. funding of global health programs and one addresses family planning as a health intervention and the importance of support from men in the health of women and children. We encourage you to use these samples as a basis for your own letter, but to personalize it with your own experiences. The sample also includes instructions on how to find a publication to which you can submit your piece.

 

2012 Issues & Actions

 

  • Statement for Collective Action for Postpartum Family Planning | October 2012 | CCIH signed a statement in support of postpartum family planning to prevent unintended and closely spaced pregnancies through the first 12 months following childbirth. Not only do pregnancies during this period hold the greatest risk for mother and baby, the first 12 months after childbirth also present the greatest opportunities in terms of numbers of contacts with health care services. CCIH encourages organizations and individuals who support providing family planning during this critical period to review and sign the statement. | View statement
  • Letter to Protect International Affairs Budget | September 2012 | CCIH joined 165 other faith-based and humanitarian organizations in signing a letter asking all Members of Congress to protect the International Affairs account from deep cuts to spending focused on poverty as Congress addresses U.S. financial and fiscal problems. The letter expresses recognition of the difficult decisions facing U.S. leaders as they attempt to meet current economic challenges while ensuring a bright and secure future. | View the Letter to Members of the House of Representatives  | View the Letter to Members of the Senate
  • CCIH Appreciation for Increase in Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations | CCIH joined other religious institutions and faith-based organizations in expressing support for poverty-focused international development, humanitarian assistance and global health programs within State and Foreign Operations appropriations. The state and foreign operations subcommittee and full appropriations committees responded by voting to increase the Development Assistance account by 23 percent, global health programs by 3 percent, and disaster assistance and refugee programs by 27 percent above FY2012 level. CCIH was pleased to sign a letter to the committee expressing appreciation for this increase. | View the Letter of Appreciation
  • CCIH signed on to a faith community letter dated May 9, 2012 to Senate State Foreign Operations Subcommittee Members to urge the passage of a faithful budget that increases funding above FY 2012 levels for poverty-focused international development, humanitarian assistance and global health programs within State and Foreign Operations. A total of 36 U.S.-based Christian, Muslim, Jewish and nondenominational faith-based organizations signed on to the letter.  | View Sign-On Letter Here

 

2011 Issues & Actions

 

  • Nairobi 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” in June 2011. 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.

    View the Declaration in English or French

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  • December 2011 | CCIH signed on to a community letter to House and Senate Appropriation Committee Members, both Republicans and Democrats, to urge the defense of long-standing U.S. commitments to meet critical health and development needs by allocating the highest possible funding for global health and development programs. This letter was coordinated by the Global Health Council. | View Sign-On Letter Here
  • August 2011 | The U.S. House of Representatives voted for major cuts in aid, including global health. U.S. Senate offices have said it is extremely important that they hear from organizations all over the U.S. about our concerns about these cuts. CCIH and some member organizations signed onto this letter to Senator Patrick Leahy, the Chair of the Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations of the Committee on Appropriations. This letter was coordinated by the Global Health Council. | View Sign-On Letter Here
  • June 2011 | CCIH signed on to a community letter to House and Senate appropriators asking for a minimum for the President’s request for fiscal year 2012 global health funding. The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee reduced the overall funding for international development (which includes global health) by $11 billion from the President’s overall request $50 billion. This means that the House allocation for funding for global health may be below the President’s request. | View Sign-On Letter Here